Supporting schools to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

The Centre is pleased to launch seven case studies and discussion cards to stimulate discussion and reflection and to support teachers and schools in marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 and its theme ‘Be the light in the darkness’.

These case study cards are based on a range of the Centre’s existing materials but look to support discussion in tutor time or pastoral, curriculum and enrichment settings to enable young people to consider the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s national theme and respond to the contexts of our school communities. Learn more about the 2021 theme here: HMD-2021-Theme-vision.pdf

In addition to these personal stories and discussion questions, you may like to consider the opportunities HMD2021 provides by linking it to the #Leon110 competition, or to literacy – see: ‘The Power of Words’: how can Holocaust T&L support whole school literacy strategies? – Centre for Holocaust Education

In coming weeks, we will be raising awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day by publishing guest blog posts and with social media engagement. Please do let us know how you are marking #HMD2021 in your school using our @UCL_Holocaust twitter handle.

A range of HMD Together creative resources and materials, events and initiatives can also be found via our HMD partners website – Holocaust Memorial Day Trust ( – these are particularly helpful for thinking about genocide and mass atrocity more broadly, tackling denial, minimisation and distortion – so do check that out and see how it can compliment your Beacon School work, UCL materials, citizenship, safeguarding and school values.

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