Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?

The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first, research-informed textbook on the Holocaust: Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?

Designed for use with students at Key Stage 3, the textbook has been written by staff at the Centre and is being published by Hodder Education. It is due for release at the end of September 2020.

Marking the occasion, Executive Director, Professor Stuart Foster, said: ‘As the first ever research-informed textbook of its kind, it will support teachers and significantly deepen young people’s knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.’

  • Provide students with an accessible, age-appropriate historical overview of key aspects of the Holocaust
  • Situate the Holocaust in its broader historical context, including a focus on the long history of anti-Judaism/antisemitism
  • Challenge prevailing myths and misconceptions (e.g., that Hitler was solely responsible)
  • Equip students to answer the key historical questions of how and why did the Holocaust happen
  • Focus on human stories and the impact of the Holocaust on individuals across Europe
  • Hone students’ critical faculties and capacities for reasoned, evidence-based argument
  • Stimulate meaningful classroom debate about the significance of this history and its contemporary significance

A free class set of 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.

Textbooks will be distributed to teachers who pre-register on our distribution list. To be added to the distribution list, teachers need to register and complete a short online CPD course. Registering and completing the course can be done now or at any point over the coming months. On publication, class sets will be delivered, free of charge. The course will initially be open until the end of October 2020. Textbooks will be available on a first come, first serve basis, so early registration and completion of the course is recommended.

  • To access the course, click 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).

The development, design and distribution of the textbook has been generously funded by the Pears Foundation and the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund. ‘We are incredibly grateful to the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund and Pears Foundation for funding this landmark project’, said Professor Foster.

A free class set of 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.

Full Terms and Conditions are provided in the course.
This textbook will be supported by additional materials and teacher guidance notes on this website.
The Wiener Library The Toni Schiff Memorial Fund The Pears Foundation
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