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10 teaching resources for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Jan 27, 2020


This week, people across the world will be commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Regardless of the time that has passed, the lessons we learn and the realities we face about the harrowing events of the Second World War still remain relevant as a significant moment in history.

The task of teaching history students about the sheer brutality of what happened at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camps is a challenging one.

We’ve collected a number of valuable resources that may prove useful to teachers.

 

1. Live broadcast of memorial event

For teachers looking to present material to students on 27th January, there is a live broadcast of the memorial event taking place at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

Watch it here at 2.30pm

 

2. Centre for Holocaust Education

This website splits out many different learning topics into separate sections, and by creating an account you can access a selection of helpful downloadable resources.

Take a look here

 

3. BBC Teach

Here you’ll find a collection of information from across the BBC, including videos, written articles, and audio pieces. They are also handily categorised into primary and secondary suitability.

Go to BBC Teach

 

4. Holocaust Educational Trust

Create an account on this website to gain advice on the best way to deliver a Holocaust lesson. There are lesson plans, resources, and teacher guidance documents.

See what’s available

 

5. Historical Association

This article commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation, and provides some interesting learning links to click through to.

Read the article

 

6. A survivor remembers

DW News have published a video of 91 year old Holocaust survivor, Dita Kraus, who bravely speaks about her experiences when she was just a teenager.

Watch the video

 

7. Holocaust infographic

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum have created an easy to read infographic, focusing on some of the key statistics, making it an extremely useful learning resource and revision tool.

View the infographic

 

8. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Here you will find an 18-page downloadable lesson plan for teaching your students about the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Find it here

 

9. UNESCO tributes

To mark the 75th anniversary of liberation, UNESCO have organised several conferences, events and exhibitions to commemorate the date.

See what’s on

 

10. Coming of age during the Holocaust

The Museum of Jewish Heritage have provided stories, images and videos of a group of survivors who were at a young age during the Holocaust, giving students the chance to learn about people their own age who lived through it.

Access the stories here

 

 

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