Our Teacher Study Seminar series aims to extend historical knowledge, and/or to explore some of the pedagogical challenges of teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

These sessions are free to attend and open to anyone who has previously undertaken an introductory teacher training workshop, or other training, with the Holocaust Educational Trust. All sessions will take place on Zoom. You will need a computer with a camera and microphone to participate.

Our Online Teacher Study Seminar series will return in the autumn term with a focus on preparing teachers for the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, ‘One Day’.

Teaching the Wannsee Conference

Thursday 28 October 2021 (09:30-13:00)

Join us for an online workshop in partnership with Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS), and the House of the Wannsee Conference memorial and educational site in Berlin.

The workshop will comprise two sessions, both led by the educational team at the House of the Wannsee Conference.

09:30-11:00    Session One will explore the history of the Wannsee Conference and examine its historical significance.
11:30-13:00    Session Two will reflect on the place of the Wannsee Conference within teaching about the Holocaust.

January 20, 2022 will mark 80 years since the Wannsee Conference. Our workshop is intended to provide an opportunity to explore how and why we might teach about the Wannsee Conference, and broader perpetrator history, within our classrooms.

Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - 50th Anniversary

Thursday 18 November (16.00 - 18.00)

This autumn marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. This autobiographical novel focuses on the challenges of life as a refugee and is a recommended text in both our Guide for Primary School Teachers and our guide to Teaching the Holocaust in English.

Join us for a special seminar, hosted with the School Library Association, as we discuss the continuing resonance of the book, and how it can be used in the primary and secondary classroom. We are delighted to be joined by Matthew Kneale, published and prize-winning author and son of Judith Kerr, who will be interviewed by Julia Eccleshare, Director of Hay Children's Festival and children's book consultant.

Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 5 free copies of the newly published 50th anniversary edition of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Register for this free online seminar at https://www.sla.org.uk/ticket/judith-kerrs-when-hitler-stole-pink-rabbit-50th-anniversary/10118 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Participants might also like to join us on Monday 13 December at 16.30 for our December HET Book Club meeting in which we will also discuss When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Life in the Terezín Ghetto

Sunday 21 November 2021

In partnership with Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS), this seminar will explore life in the Terezín Ghetto (Theresienstadt in German). The Terezín Ghetto was established on 24 November 1941. Our seminar will focus on life in the ghetto as part of the 80-year commemorations.

Whilst many Jews were housed in Terezín Ghetto very briefly prior to their onward deportation eastwards, others stayed for months or even years, although most were eventually deported. Of the approximately 155,000 people who passed through the ghetto, around 35,000 died there from disease and starvation whilst 87,000 – including German and Austrian Jews – were deported to killing sites in eastern Europe.

Our seminar will focus on the extraordinary cultural life which emerged in the ghetto, a process aided by the large number of prominent artists, musicians, writers and actors who were sent there. We will be joined by academics exploring the history of the site and the development of culture within the ghetto.

Programme

10:00-11:30    Terezín – an historical introduction - Yiftach Meiri (Yad Vashem)

12:00-13:30    Music in the Terezín ghetto - Tamar Machado Recanati (Musicologist and Music therapist)

14:30-16:00    Theatrical scripts from the Terezín ghetto: an interactive session – Dr Lisa Peschel (University of York)

Colleagues interested in the Terezin Ghetto might like to join our next HET Book Club on Zoom on Thursday 18 November at 16.30. We will discuss Hana Volavkova’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944. To join us, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Ringelblum Archive in history and memory

Rescheduled from October 2021 – new date pending

Professor Havi Dreifuss (University of Tel Aviv)

The Ringelblum Archives were compiled by the Oneg Shabbat organisation headed by the historian and social activist Emanuel Ringelblum (1900-1944). The archives, which provide a record of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, were buried in 1942-43 and mostly rediscovered after the war. The first cache was uncovered in September 1946. The Ringelblum Archive remains the largest collection of Jewish documentation detailing the fate of the Jewish community in Warsaw under Nazi rule.

In partnership with Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS), join us over the course of two seminars, to explore the history of the Ringelblum Archive and discover ideas for how it can be discussed in the classroom.

Havi Dreifuss is Professor of Jewish history and Head of the Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations at Tel Aviv University, as well as Director of the Centre for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem. Her research deals with various aspects of everyday life during the Holocaust, including the relationship between Jews and Poles, religious life in light of the Holocaust, and Jewish existence in the face of extermination.

A second seminar (date TBC), ‘Teaching the Ringelblum Archive’ will be led by Shlomit Steiner (ISHS, Yad Vashem) on Sunday 17 October 2021 (10:00-11:30)

In April 2022 we will be hosting a week of seminars around the theme of ‘Britain and the Holocaust’. This will include sessions designed to prepare teachers for Refugee Week in June 2022.

All sessions are free to attend and open to anyone who has previously undertaken an introductory teacher training workshop with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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