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.

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’.

The Ringelblum Archive in history and memory

Wednesday 13 October 2021 (17:30-19:00)

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

During October 2021, we also propose to host sessions exploring the 80-year commemorations of the murders at Babi Yar in Ukraine, and the history of the Wannsee Conference.

Please keep an eye on our website, or social media for further information, or email us and we will reply once dates have been confirmed.

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.

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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