HOW TO APPROACH YOUR DISPLAY

  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. Plan the content
    Topics you could cover:
    • 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. This year marks the 85th Anniversary of the Kindertransport, perhaps your display could focus on this.
    • Survivors: Mention survivors you have heard from. 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.
    • Testimonies: If a particular testimony (e.g. of a survivor, victim) you’ve come across has resonated with you, you could build your display around telling this story.
    • Fragility of Freedom: What does the theme mean to you as an Ambassador? Take a look at our theme guidance for more information.
    • Images: Ensure your display is eye-catching by including photographs – e.g. of survivors, of the site you visited. 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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  3. Consider your audience
    • Make sure the content you choose is appropriate for the age of those who might be walking past. If you’re putting your display up in your school, remember to talk to your teacher about what is and isn’t appropriate for different audiences - we encourage you to avoid displays about concentration and death camps in spaces accessible to anyone younger than 16.
    • Consider the level of understanding those around you will likely have of the Holocaust. How can you make your display accessible for everyone, whilst building on that understanding?
  4. Find a location
    • Choose a place that your intended audience are likely to walk past - lots of foot traffic means more people can stop by and take a moment to reflect.
    • For smaller displays, you could use a noticeboard in your school/university/workplace.
    • For larger displays, you could book an area with some large noticeboards to create a walk-in space. You could ask your teacher/lecturer/Head of Department/society/manager whether there are any funds available to create bespoke pop-up banners.
    • Contact the person in charge of the space. Introduce yourself as a Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador and explain your motivations for marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
  5. 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 your display on social media – make sure to tag us!