HOW TO APPROACH YOUR ASSEMBLY

  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. Reach out
    • Email a member of staff (e.g. Head Teacher, the person in charge of assembly rotas) and ask if you can schedule an assembly to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January or the days surrounding it.
    • If an assembly is already taking place, ask if you might be able to take part.
  3. Consider your audience
    • Only present to Year 9/S3 and above to ensure the content is age appropriate.
    • See if any fellow Ambassadors or GCSE/A-Level/Higher History students covering the Holocaust in their classes might like to contribute.
    • Many people won’t have heard of the Holocaust Educational Trust – make sure you introduce yourself as an Ambassador for the Trust and share what this means to you.
    • Share your connection to the school or local area. Why are you the best person to be talking to their school about marking the day?
  4. 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 audience to join you in remembering. You may wish to light six candles to remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered.
    • Survivors: Outline why you think it is so important that we listen to those who were there and witnessed the Holocaust and describe an aspect of the testimony that you heard which particularly resonated 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:
    • Readings: You could read a poem or an extract from a survivor’s testimony. Take a look at our recommended readings for ideas.
    • Holocaust Memorial Day Survivor Webcast: Each year the Trust holds a livestream, during which a Holocaust survivor shares their testimony to tens of thousands of school students across the UK. You could stream our webcast as part of your assembly – register your interest here.
  5. Plan your presentation
    • We recommend planning for the assembly to last around 10-15 minutes but check if the school has any timing requirements.
    • Keep text on slides to a minimum and don’t read straight off them. You want the audience to listen to you rather than read the slides!
    • Include pictures where possible, e.g. of the survivors you mention. Please avoid use of graphic images which show victims who have been murdered, or visibly mistreated. Instead, using images of Jewish life before the war can help people better understand Jewish communities and what was lost during the Holocaust. Make sure you consider copyright and have permission to use all images – ensure you give credit to the source where necessary.

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  7. Share your success!
    • 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 who you reached.
    • Share pictures of you giving the assembly on social media – if you want to use pictures showing your audience too, check with the school to see if you have permission. See below for how to reach more people online!