HOW TO APPROACH YOUR ARTICLE

  1. Decide what you want to achieve
    • What does Holocaust Memorial Day mean to you as an Ambassador? Why is important to mark it in your school, college, university or local community?
    • Consider who you want to reach and how writing an article will help you convey the importance of remembering the Holocaust.
  2. What to Include
    Always include:
    • What was the Holocaust: To mark Holocaust Memorial Day meaningfully, we need to ensure the audience knows what the Holocaust was. Remember what you learnt about on the Lessons from Auschwitz Project – you learnt a specific definition. Share this as your starting point.
    • Your Project: Introduce the Project you went on (e.g. Lessons from Auschwitz, Lessons from Auschwitz Online) and talk about which parts resonated with you. How did the Project shape your understanding of the Holocaust?
    • Remembrance: Why is it important to you personally that we remember the Holocaust? Ask for your readers to join you in remembering.
    • Survivors: Include survivors you have heard from and describe an aspect of their testimony that has stayed with you. You can find biographies of many survivors who work with the Trust here.
    • Fragility of Freedom: What does the theme mean to you as an Ambassador? Take a look at our theme guidance for more information.

    You could include:
    • Testimonies: If a particular testimony (e.g. of a survivor, victim) you’ve come across has resonated with you, you could build your article around telling this story.
    • Academic approach: If it suits your audience, particularly for university audiences, you could consider writing a more academic or historical article. However, be sure to keep the focus of your article on the importance of remembrance.
    • Links and recommendations: Direct your audience to any books or resources, that you think will help them to remember the Holocaust. Perhaps there is a recording of a survivor’s testimony that you can direct them to watch, or you could signpost them to our Live Survivor Webcast.
  3. Reach out
    • Consider where you’d like to have your article published. You can be ambitious but have a back-up plan! Some potential ideas are:
      • School publications – your school newsletter, blog
      • University publications – your university newspaper or magazine, blogs or newsletters associated with societies/departments
      • Local publications – local newspapers, local council newsletters, publications from your local MP
      • Email the person or people who run the publication. Introduce yourself as an Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust and explain that you’d like them to publish an article you’re writing about Holocaust Memorial Day.
      • Make sure you find out when it will be published and what submission deadlines they have in place to ensure your article can be published around Holocaust Memorial Day.
    • Consider your audience
      • Make sure you understand who normally reads the publication. How can you best communicate the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day to them?
      • In your article, share your connection to where the article will be published. Are you a long-time reader? A local resident? A student?
      • How can you ensure you reach as many people as possible – will the article be published online? Can you easily share it on social media? Plan how you’re going to get the word out.
    • Write your article
      • Find out what your word limit is and stick to it carefully. In general, try to keep it as short as possible – you want to grab and keep your audience’s attention.
      • Refer back to what you learnt on your Project when defining the Holocaust, being mindful of different levels of understanding in your audience. It’s always a good idea to include the fact that six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.
      • Include a relevant image or two, e.g. of any survivors you mention. Make sure you consider copyright and have permission to use all images – ensure you give credit to the source where necessary.

    • Once you have a draft of your article, email us a copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Share your success!
      • Share a link to your article on social media and make sure to tag the Trust.
      • Contact people who run other social media accounts (e.g. for your school, for university societies and departments, for student unions, for your local MP or council) and ask if they would be willing to share your article on Holocaust Memorial Day.
      • If the publication is printed, ask if you can have some copies to pass around – you could give them to family and friends or even hand them out in a busy area (e.g. school entrance, SU building). Make sure you get permission if necessary.
      • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know how you got on and how many people you reached.