Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project

Educating and equipping student leaders to combat hate.

Building safe, inclusive and cohesive communities on university campuses.

About the Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project

The Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project is an educational initiative delivered by the Holocaust Educational Trust in partnership with the Union of Jewish students, with support from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

In an increasingly fragile political climate, antisemitism, intolerance and prejudice are on the rise. The Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project aims to bring together student leaders from across university campuses in England through education on the Holocaust and anti-racism work to combat prejudice and promote community cohesion. Our goal is to reinforce the common endeavour of students of all faiths (and none) to create safe, inclusive and cohesive communities on campus and beyond and equip them with the tools needed to tackle antisemitism, racism and intolerance wherever it is found.

What work has happend on campus to date?

The Holocaust Educational Trust and the Union of Jewish Students have worked together since late 2014. So far, we have:

  • Taken four delegations of National Union of Students, Student Union and student faith leaders alongside existing Lessons from Auschwitz Project visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau, combined with Orientation seminars and follow-up workshops.
  • Encouraged and helped to facilitate dozens of campus events to combat hatred and prejudice to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Combined, this activity has reached a further 4,000 students on campuses across England.
  • Thanks to Government funding, we delivered a pilot Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project in 2018. Through this four-part educational programme, including a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, we reached 30 university Senior Leaders and 95 Sabbatical Officers from 47 English universities.

Register your interest

If you would like to be the first to be contacted about upcoming Lessons from Auschwitz University Projects for sabbatical officers, senior leaders and other student leaders on campuses at universities in England, please complete the below form.

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