Write an article

AMBASSADOR TOP TIP

“Don’t be afraid to include your personal experiences with the Trust when writing and developing your article – this can make it even better!”

- Jack


SET A TIME FRAME

ASAP

Contact the publication(s) or organisation you wish to write for and pitch your article. Clarify the deadlines you must meet to get your article published around Holocaust Memorial Day.

3 WEEKS BEFORE

Write your first draft 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 draft, edit your article and send it on to the publication.

1 WEEKS BEFORE

If the editor of the publication has any feedback or amendments, address them and send it back.

THE DAY BEFORE

Print out your copy of the speech and make sure you’re all set!

Please remember, this is just a guideline. The publication you’re writing for might have their own deadlines so make sure you understand their expectations.


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. Choose your topic

  3. Always include:
    • 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 readers to join you in remembering.

    • Survivors: Mention survivors you have heard from and describe an aspect of their testimony that has stayed with you.

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

  4. You could include:
    • Stories: If a particular story (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 for secondary schools. If you’re writing for a university audience, you could signpost them to our Universities Survivor Testimony event.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. Ensure you have permission to use them and give proper credit to the source.

  7. Once you have a draft of your presentation, email us a copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  8. Share your success!

    • Share a link to your article on social media – see below for how to reach more people.

      • 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!

      • 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.


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: