Create a Display

Exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day organised by Ambassadors Elizabeth and Emily.


AMBASSADOR TOP TIP

“Make sure you consider the age group of the audience who will be looking at your display.”

- Crawford


SET A TIME FRAME

ASAP

Choose your location and contact the person in charge of the space. Find out when you can put up your display and for how long.

3 WEEKS BEFORE

Write your content plan and send to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We want to hear about your projects!

2 WEEKS BEFORE

Once we have confirmed your plan, start printing the resources you need and creating your display.

1 WEEK BEFORE

Check in with the person in charge of the space to make sure all is in order. Finish creating your display.

ON THE DAY

Put up your display! You may wish to spend some time standing near it to answer any questions passers-by might have.


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 creating a display will help you convey the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

  2. 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?.

  3. Plan the content

  4. Topics you could cover:
    • What was the Holocaust: For Holocaust Memorial Day events to be meaningful, 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.

    • Lessons from Auschwitz, Lessons from Auschwitz Online or Belsen 75: Introduce the Project you went on 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: 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 testimony that you heard which particularly resonated with you.

    • One Day: What does the theme mean to you as an Ambassador? Take a look at our guidance notes for more information.

    • Stories: If a particular story you’ve come across has resonated with you, you could dedicate your display to telling this story.

  5. Materials you could include:
    • Voices: Consider how you ensure that the voices and experiences of those whose lives were affected are coming through. Wherever possible, ensure we are giving agency and narrative to those we are talking about – here, you could include extracts of testimony, artistic responses, or recordings from Holocaust survivors.

    • 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, consider how people can better understand the Jewish community and individuals before the war (understanding this can help people comprehend what was lost during the Holocaust) – we recommend that people use images of Jewish people and communities before the war.

    • Descriptions: Include descriptions next to your images so your audience can follow the journey of your display.

    • Creative material: If you have artistic talents, use them! You could include artwork, write a poem - anything you like that encourages remembrance and might interest passers-by.

    • Resources: You could include quotes from any resources you have been given by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

  6. Once you have planned and written your content, email us a copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  7. 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.

  8. 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 how many people you reached.

    • Share pictures of your display on social media - make sure to tag us!


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you’re looking for more information, inspiration and guidance, there are plenty more resources for you to explore.

The Holocaust Educational Trust:

Other organisations: