Our 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 teacher training with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Online Study Seminars

Sixty Years Since the Eichmann Trial

Tuesday 6 April 2021 (09:00 - 16:30)

On 11 April 1961 the Eichmann Trial opened in Jerusalem, the televised trial aroused international interest and was to have a profound impact on public consciousness of the Holocaust. Join us for a day of study in partnership with Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies exploring the role of Eichmann in the Holocaust, the impact of the post-war trials and notions of justice, and the legacy of the Eichmann Trial on Israeli society. In the afternoon we will examine artistic representations of perpetration and explore how art was utilised in the post-war trials, and conclude with consideration of how we might bring these histories and representations into our classroom teaching.

Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) was established in 1993 and focuses upon providing quality Holocaust education to diverse audiences across the world. The ISHS develops teacher training opportunities as well as pedagogic and didactic tools for use in the classroom. The Trust works closely with the ISHS throughout the year and develops its Annual Teacher Course at Yad Vashem in partnership with the School.

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Discussing the anti-Jewish laws in the primary classroom

Wednesday 7 April 2021 (10.00 - 11.30)

As soon as the Nazis took power in January 1933, Germany’s Jews were subjected to persecution. On 7 April 1933, the Nazi Party introduced the first major law targeting Jewish people in Germany. This session, led by Education Officers from the Trust, will explore how these laws can be discussed in the primary classroom. We will use literature, photographs, and other sources to build on the resources in our scheme of work for primary school to model an approach to teaching about the topic to pupils in Year 6 / P7.

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Vera's Journey

Wednesday 7 April 2021 (13.30 - 15.30)

Vera Löwyová (now Vera Schaufeld MBE) came to the UK on Kindertransport, the largest organised response to the refugee crisis of the 1930s. Her story is explored through a lesson on our scheme of work for primary schools, called Vera's Journey During our Teacher Study Seminar, Vera will share her testimony and participants can meet Vera, hear her story first-hand, and take part in a Q and A session. Education Officers will host the session and discuss with participants how they can lead an online testimony session with their own Year 6 / P7 pupils.

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Operation Barbarossa and the Holocaust by Bullets in Eastern Europe

Monday 12 April 2021 (09:00 - 16:00)

In partnership with Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) and Yahad-in Unum, this seminar will provide teachers with an opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, the history of “Operation Barbarossa”, and the role of the Einsatzgruppen. During their workshops, the team from Yahad-in Unum will introduce the methodology behind their work and explore how we might take this research from the field to the classroom.

Founded in 2004 by Father Patrick Desbois, Yahad–in Unum identifies the sites of Jewish and Roma mass executions by Nazi killing units in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. The organisation has researched 2,907 execution sites and has gathered 7,001 eyewitness testimonies during the course of 124 research trips in 8 countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.)

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Teaching the Holocaust through the Jewish Country House

Zoom seminars: Sunday 30 May and Tuesday 1 June

Nymans (West Sussex): Sunday 6 June (provisional)

Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire): Sunday 13 June (provisional)

Britain's relationship to the Holocaust is often overlooked in the school curriculum. Working in partnership with Professor Abigail Green from the University of Oxford, Marcus Roberts from J-Trails, and the National Trust properties of Nymans (West Sussex) and Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire), this project will reclaim the Holocaust stories associated with the “Jewish country house”, and empower teachers to engage with these local stories in their classrooms. The project will be conducted through a series of three dedicated study units which will take place on Zoom, we hope participants will visit either Nymans or Waddesdon Manor.

This project will explore the reactions of Jewish politicians and philanthropists in Britain to the rising antisemitism which accompanied the large-scale immigration of Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in the Russian Empire in the late nineteenth century, and connect this earlier history to the experience of refugees fleeing Nazi rule in Europe. Examination of the prejudice and antisemitism that underpinned the passage of the 1905 Aliens Act will provide a vital context for exploring British reactions to Nazism and the Holocaust, and the significant barriers faced by German and Austrian Jews looking to escape to Britain in the 1930s.

These issues have contemporary relevance. Connecting them to “Refugee Week” (14-20 June 2021) and embedding these discussions within the History and Citizenship curriculums can help in students’ exploration of the history surrounding refugees, and public’s attitude towards them, in the more recent past. A study of the antisemitism surrounding the 1905 Aliens Act, which coincided with the largescale dissemination of conspiracy theories about Jewish wealth and power in Britain during the immediate aftermath of the Boer War, can also help us identify and interrogate antisemitic tropes still prevalent today.

Specifically, we will examine the Messel family of Nymans (West Sussex) whose German relatives fled or perished in the Holocaust, and the Rothschild family of Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire) who provided key support for Jewish refugees to enter Britain, and a group of Kinder (The Cedar Boys and Girls).

This project has been supported by the University of Oxford, access to the Zoom seminars and entrance to the National Trust properties during the in-person site visits will be free for participating teachers.

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Study Seminars

We hope to be able to offer these as in-person sessions around the UK (locations TBC), however provisions will be made to offer these online if necessary.  

Previous themes have included: Drama and the Holocaust; Engaging with Local Histories in the Classroom; Jewish Refugees to Scotland; The Future of Holocaust Testimony: Second and Third Generation Voices in the Classroom.  

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