Holocaust Educational Trust Blog

A space for featured guest bloggers and members of the Holocaust Educational Trust team to comment and reflect on timely issues.

Bergen-Belsen: A Liberator's perspective


Leonard Berney was one of the first soldiers to enter the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by the British Army on 15th April 1945.  Here he gives his personal account of the liberation and the British Army’s attempts to save the lives of the thousands of prisoners.

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The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen: A survivor's perspective


Gena Turgel was born Gena Goldfinger in 1923 in Krakow, Poland. As a Jew she was interned in Krakow Ghetto before being sent first to the Plaszow Concentration Camp and then the concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. From here she was forcibly transported to Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by the British Army on 15th April 1945. In this blog, to mark the 68th anniversary of this event, Gena gives her personal account of the liberation.

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The White Rose: A 70 year legacy

70 years ago this week, the Nazis executed three young Germans: Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans along with their friend, Christoph Probst. This is their story.

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Lessons from Auschwitz: "A permanent reminder of what human beings are capable of"


In the latest in our series of blogs commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassador Matt Willer reflects on his visit to Auschwitz with the Trust 2006, and tells of how it has shaped his worldview since.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

In our latest blog commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks writes about the need for community cohesion for the sake of hope, friendship, tolerance and life.

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Communities Together: The survivor's perspective


Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, who speaks regularly in schools on the Trust’s Outreach Programme, blogs about the destruction the Nazis wrought on her community and the human capacity for friendship despite unimaginable hardship.

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The Holocaust on film: Facing the challenges of using cinema in the classroom


In the latest in our blog series to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, Rachel Burns, Secondary Education Advisor at Film Education, writes about the challenges of using films to teach students about the Holocaust, and discusses how these challenges can be overcome.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Lessons for the future


In our fifth blog commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, Sir Andrew Burns, the United Kingdom's first Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues, writes about the work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in promoting Holocaust Remembrance in the UK.

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind: A Unique Evil


In the latest in our series commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP for Kensington, blogs on the need for the Holocaust to be commemorated as a unique event.

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Standing up for a community: A Journalist's view of Holocaust Memorial Day



In the third of our blogs marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, Martha Kearney writes about her personal connection to the Holocaust and why she as a journalist believes it’s important to remember those who stood up to defend their community. Martha Kearney Chaired the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lord Merlyn Rees Memorial Lecture 2013, at which the Rt Hon David Miliband MP and Daniel Finkelstein, Executive Editor of The Times, spoke.

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