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.

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: A personal reflection from Professor David Cesarani



In the first of our blogs commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, the acclaimed Historian David Cesarani shares his very personal experience of visiting the Polish town where his grandfather grew up.

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How Britain's Armed Forces Work to Prevent Genocide

On Holocaust Memorial Day we should honour those who have suffered and died to ensure that the lessons of the 20th century are not forgotten, writes General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, in a blog originally posted on The Telegraph website and re-posted here.

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Speaking up for Hope not Hate

Holocaust Educational Trust Chief Executive Karen Pollock MBE was asked to contribute to the Hope Not Hate blog today in honour of Holocaust Memorial Day 2012. Here, we re-post her piece. To learn more about the important work that Hope Not Hate does to mobilise people against the politics of hate, visit their website here.

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Speaking Up: The Diplomat’s View

Sir Andrew Burns, the UK Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, reflects on the courage and vision of Polish diplomat Jan Karski.

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An attack on One Community Is an Attack on All Communities

Baroness Warsi is co-Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio.

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Breaking the Apathy of Silence

Remona Aly is Campaigns Director of the Exploring Islam Foundation, whose Missing Pages campaign highlighted little known stories of solidarity between Muslims and Jews.

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Out of the Shadow of the Bystanders

The Director of the Wiener Library, Ben Barkow, reflects on Dr Wiener’s determination to speak out against Nazism and remembers the moment when Britain stood in solidarity with Jewish victims of Nazism.

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Speaking Up: The Journalist’s View

In the second of our blogs marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2012, Martha Kearney writes about her personal connection to the Holocaust and why she is a journalist believes it’s important to speak out. Martha Kearney Chaired the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lord Merlyn Rees Memorial Lecture 2012, at which Sir Ian Kershaw and Rt Hon Francis Maude MP spoke.

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The Holocaust and the Modern World

In the first of our blogs marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2012, Dan Jarvis MBE MP, former British Army Officer and now Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central reflects on why the Holocaust remains relevant in contemporary Britain.

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