The Holocaust Educational Trust was established by Lord Greville Janner and the late Lord Merlyn-Rees in 1988 when, following the passage of the War Crimes Act, the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust emerged as a topic of public discourse. One of our earliest achievements was ensuring the Holocaust formed part of the National Curriculum for History.
In addition to the Lessons from Auschwitz Project the Trust promotes Holocaust education in several other ways: through outreach to schools, teacher training and producing teaching and learning resources.
Through our National Outreach Programme for Schools, the Trust sends trained educators and Holocaust survivors into schools across the country to deliver interactive workshops focusing on the Holocaust and its modern day lessons. An extension of this programme, the Inner City Project, is a longer-term series of lessons designed for schools located in areas of rising racial tension.
Our Teacher Training Programme provides initial teacher training to PGCE students as well as continuing professional development in schools and at LEA-sponsored sessions. Each year, the Trust also invites more than 20 UK teachers from a variety of subject specialisms to take part in a 10-day intensive Holocaust education training course held in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.
Teaching and learning resources
The Trust produces classroom resources in a variety of media. Our newest resource is Recollections: Eyewitnesses Remember the Holocaust, an interactive DVD-ROM and DVD produced in partnership with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute. This innovative resource focuses on the testimony of 18 eyewitnesses to the Holocaust. Other resources include www.thinkequal.com, our online Citizenship resource developed to meet the needs of Citizenship teachers, and the Lessons of the Holocaust Teaching Pack, the first self-contained Holocaust education teaching pack produced in the UK.
In an age that has seen a marked increase in antisemitism, racism and other prejudices, the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust is even more relevant and important. Our vision is clear: to educate young people from every ethnic background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.
I really wanted to come here because I feel the lessons should be passed on to other people.
I want other people to recognise the extremes of this place. I want to pass on the message.
The course had a profound effect on me. I'm so glad I was given the opportunity.
The journey has been an unforgettable experience and I am proud to be an Ambassador for the Project.
Seeing things in the flesh is a lot more hard-hitting than reading a textbook.