Teamwork at the CTHGC

Ivor Shaskolsky taking one of the many visiting school groups through the exhibition.

The CTHGC Education Department reaches thousands of learners across the Western Cape.

It is only through our remarkable team that we are able to do this work successfully. A vital part of this team are our volunteer guides. We would like to highlight Ivor Shaskolsky as one of our longest-serving guides.

Ivor has been guiding learners at the centre for eighteen years. He has a Socratic style; questioning learners, making them think and encouraging discussion. Using the images in the exhibition he asks probing questions and allows the learners to draw their own conclusions. Ivor never talks at the learners. Over the past six months when we were able to accommodate school groups, we did, and despite the threat of Covid, Ivor was always keen to work with the learners. We knew we could rely on him, and we did! At every possible opportunity he gave of his time, knowledge and expertise. Socrates’ quote sums up Ivor’s approach to teaching Holocaust history: “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

We thank Ivor Shaskolsky for his dedication to the centre and to all the learners who enter it.

Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre:,

• Published in the PDF edition of the September 2021 issue – Get the PDF here.

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