Holocaust Educational Trust Newsletter - April 2019

As we approach Yom HaShoah (the Jewish community's day of mourning for the Holocaust), we reflect on the Holocaust and what it means.

The Holocaust was one of the darkest moments of human history. It introduced systematic and industrialised mass-murder to this world.
But, the Holocaust didn’t start with murder, it started with words. And it is important now, more than ever, to ensure that people from every background can see for themselves where racism, prejudice and antisemitism can ultimately lead.

It is our duty – every single one of us – to learn about what happened and to remember what happens when human beings lose their humanity.

We also mourn the loss of Lori Gilbert Kaye, murdered as she prayed at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway. Yet again, we see where hatred of Jews has led, six months to the day since the murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. When hatred is left unchecked, it leads to disastrous consequences. We must learn the lessons of the past to inform our future.

Chelsea Women hear from Susan Pollack MBE

Chelsea Women took time out from their Champions League semi-final preparations on Thursday to welcome Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack MBE to Cobham to share her testimony.

Susan said: 'It was a good and different experience to speak to the Chelsea players. For me it helps to talk about it and I want to continue to share the story.

If I can make a small dent in opinions and show that people are all equal and how important it is to be inclusive then it is an honour to do that.

'Any form of racism is unacceptable and if I can make a little change in people then I will be satisfied. We have come a long way but we must continue and I hope the players will pass on my message.'

You can read more here.

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Tickets have now gone on sale for our sixth annual Ambassador Conference, make sure you get them now. It is an opportunity to hear from Holocaust survivors, listen to inspirational speakers and participate in interactive workshops and informative talks led by experts in the field of Holocaust research and commemoration.The conference is open to Ambassadors and A-level students, click here to get your tickets.

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Support the Kiltwalk

12 Ambassadors and Regional Ambassadors from across the UK are fundraising for the Trust having participated in the Glasgow Kiltwalk. They walked 23 miles from Glasgow Green to Moss O Balloch Park through the Scottish rain. If you would like to donate, or share please click here.

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March of the Living

This week, 5 Regional Ambassadors are taking part in the March of the Living. The 6 day educational journey in Poland will teach them about 1,000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland and the devastation and horrors of the Holocaust, alongside over 12,000 participants.

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Teacher Lessons from Auschwitz Project

We are now accepting applications for this summer’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project for teachers, taking place from Manchester and London. This four-part professional development course is for Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 teachers from any subject area from state schools in England, giving them the tools to explore the universal lessons of the Holocaust.

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