Exploring the Holocaust is a free, comprehensive and flexible cross-curricular scheme of work produced by the Holocaust Educational Trust, built around 15 core lessons in History, RE and Citizenship or PSHE.
You will also find additional resources which can be added to the scheme of work and guidance on incorporating art into a programme of study on the Holocaust.
The importance of learning about the timeline of the Holocaust is essential for spotting acts of evil as they occur. Genocide doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with small steps imposing on people’s liberties.
In 1996, Dr Gregory H Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, outlined the 10 stages of genocide as:
On the Genocide Watch website you can see exactly how he defines each of these stages. It’s important though to not view this as a linear model, and to understand that some stages take place at the same time.
This set of five activities are designed for use in tutor times. They include short activities and discussion questions to introduce students to the genocides remembered on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Students will learn about people affected by the Holocaust and genocide and explore a range of themes, and are challenged to think about their own social responsibility, and what we can do to make a difference today.
What did the British find when they entered Belsen concentration camp? Belsen (full name Bergen-Belsen) was set up in 1943. It was never used as a death-camp, but was still a place of unbelievable horrors and brutality.
Towards the end of the war, thousands of Jews had been evacuated from camps in eastern Europe and marched west to avoid the advancing Soviet army. There were 40,000 prisoners at Belsen in April 1945, many dying each day, as well as thousands who had recently died and had not been buried.
The outside world knew of the camps even before the war, but took little notice of reports of what they were like. Thus when Allied soldiers began to advance into Germany at the end of the war and discovered the camps, they were deeply shocked by the conditions. These documents record what the British soldiers found, and how they responded.