Lessons from Auschwitz Project to Tackle Antisemitism on Campus

This week, we were joined by Vice-Chancellors, senior leaders and student union sabbatical officers from universities across England on our first ever Lessons from Auschwitz Project for Universities.

Concerns about increasing incidents of antisemitism on campuses resulted in the Trust partnering with the Union of Jewish Students to arrange this special initiative. This was made possible thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education.

As part of the programme, participants learnt about the Holocaust, and pre-war Jewish life, heard the testimony of Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack MBE and visited the site where over one million Jewish men, women and children were murdered.

Daniel Kosky, Campaigns Organiser of the Union of Jewish Students said:

"Young people in positions of leadership have a unique responsibility to educate others about the Holocaust, and ensure they do all they can to tackle antisemitism and all forms of hate on campus."

You can read about the visit in the Guardian and Jewish Chronicle.

This new project is based on our well-established Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which has seen an incredible 37,000 school students and teachers from across the UK visit the site over the last 19 years, who have gone on to become part of our strong network of Ambassadors.

This project has meant that we can reach staff and senior leaders at these important educational institutions, so that even more people are aware and can become witnesses to others, ready to stand up and speak out against racism and prejudice, whenever and wherever it is found.

We know that our work to educate about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance is vital. Following this visit we can further our work with these institutions, to raise awareness and the need to stand up and challenge antisemitism and hate.