The Holocaust poses unique challenges in the classroom. Effective resources facilitate dynamic teaching and help to support purposeful learning.
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Our resources and lesson plans are based on empirical research into the needs of teachers and students and informed by the latest in Holocaust pedagogy.
Within this section you can find out further information on our acclaimed classroom materials, resources and lesson plans. Some of these are open-access, others are linked to particular CPD programmes. You can explore these below.
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What was a Nazi concentration camp?
Our research shows that students have a limited, often Auschwitz-centric, understanding of the Nazi concentration camps that developed from 1933-45.
British responses to the Holocaust
Our research shows that students lack an understanding of British responses to the Holocaust. This lesson uses archival sources to help them construct an evidence-based account. This lesson responds to the...
Our research shows that young people are often mystified by the targeting of Jews for mass murder – this activity shows how teachers can work with the film Roots of...
This extremely popular lesson allows students to explore the power of seemingly ordinary objects to reveal intensely moving stories about the Holocaust.
Students consider narratives, historical evidence, memorialisation and the responsibility for recounting the past.
German Jews and the Holocaust
We consider the challenges faced by German-Jewish families on the eve of the Second World War and reflect on Holocaust memory
Through the interrogation of an authentic artefact, students first encounter Leon Greenman, an Englishman deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau with his wife and child.
Jewish life in Europe
Challenging and engaging ideas for exploring the vibrancy and diversity of European Jewish communities on the eve of the Holocaust.
Life in Plauen
Students engage with the case study of Plauen, illuminating the history of a city and its people.
What was the Holocaust?
Students approach this crucial question by locating the powerful stories of individual victims within their historical context.
Students analyse the roots of antisemitism examining the extent to which anti-Jewish prejudice has changed over the centuries, alongside its continuities.
Telling the story of ‘resistance’
Is there a 'best way' to narrate resistance during the Holocaust? Drawing on examples, students construct their own representation of the past.
Students uncover how and why ordinary people became complicit in mass murder and reveal searching questions about what it is to be a citizen in the modern world.
‘Liberation’ and ‘Home’
Post-Holocaust, many ideas and concepts no longer had the same meanings they once did. Through testimony and literature, students wrestle with these truths.
The first year
Awareness of the human impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath are deepened by honing in on the experiences of Leon Greenman in the first year after the war.
As they learn more about Leon's later life, students encounter the struggle of living both in the shadow of the Holocaust and with the persistence of prejudice.
A note from Leon
A note from Leon found after his death along with two wedding rings speaks of his loss and touches on something of what it means to survive the Holocaust.
Students are encouraged to consider the long-term impact of the Holocaust on the physical, cultural and political landscape of Europe and reflect on these broader consequences.
A space called ‘Treblinka’
Through an enquiry focusing on Treblinka in late summer 1942, students confront the chaotic reality of genocide and developmental nature of the Holocaust.