Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?

We are delighted to announce that our brand new, research-informed Key Stage 3 textbook, Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?  has now been published by Hodder Education.

Authored by staff at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, the textbook responds directly to research findings from our 2009 study of teaching practices and our 2016 research into students’ knowledge and understanding.

A free class set of 30 textbooks is available to teachers in any state funded school in England who teach about the Holocaust at Key Stage 3. It is aimed at history teachers, but other teachers are eligible if they intend to use the book extensively.

The first full print run of textbooks have been delivered across the country, to a very warm and positive reception from teachers. Commenting on the news, Professor Stuart Foster, Executive Director of the UCL Centre and co-author of the textbook, said:

“Our goal is to help teachers both deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and appreciate the contemporary significance of this disturbing history.  We hope that teachers across the country will use this textbook to improve learning and challenge common myths and misconceptions that surround the Holocaust.  Due to the generosity and support of the Pears Foundation and the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund we are particularly delighted that the textbooks are available free of charge to schools across the country.

A second print run is now being distributed to those schools that completed the course and placed their order by 18 December 2020.  These textbooks will arrive in schools during the week commencing 11 January 2021.

Course completions since 18 December 2020 will receive their textbooks as part of our third print-run in the next couple of months.

We will continue to offer the textbook free of charge to teachers who have pre-registered on our distribution list.

To be added to the distribution list, teachers can register and complete a short online CPD course: 

  • Access the course here(If you do not already have an account with UCLeXtend, you will need to create one. Please follow the sign-up process, and ensure that you follow the confirmation link which is emailed to you. You should then be able to ‘enrol’ on the course).

An exclusive, e-Inspection copy of the textbook is also available here. This digital version of the textbook will be accessible until 6th December 2020.

Textbooks are currently available on a first come, first served basis.  Full Terms and Conditions are provided in the course. Please also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions: Textbook FAQs Nov20

Additional materials to support use of the textbook, including teacher guidance notes, can be found on our website here.

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Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?