With less than two weeks to go for Holocaust Memorial Day I think it’s fitting to raise awareness about this increasingly important day.
This image sends chills down the spine of anyone who knows the horrific background to this picture. For those of you who may not recognise or know this is the entrance into Auschwitz,. Auschwitz is known as one of the most horrific camps to have ever emerge in human history.
The holocaust is one of the most disturbing ideas to be recorded. This event literally shakes the core of each person who learns of the horrific incidents, plans, thoughts, people who were involved and ultimately lives who were cruelly cut short or left with more horrific devastating pain than we can comprehend.
The Holocaust is a horrific event that should never be repeated. Everything should be done to avoid this occurring again. How we can do this is by remembering the Holocaust as ‘it’s as urgent as ever’ according to the Lincoln group this week.
There are many resources on the Holocaust which can incorporated into many different subjects and lessons. There are a huge amount of resources and websites dedicated to raising awareness about the Holocaust.
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland does a huge amount of work to raise awareness about the Holocaust and the devastating aftermath it has had on those affected and the world. They seek to inform and enlighten in order to prevent another atrocity ever occuring again.
They have a huge amount of resources and information for teachers and students. One of the most important resources they have is survivors testimonies. With personal testimonies becoming fewer and fewer with each passing year, it’s important to listen to these testimonies. A few personal testimonies which are well worth looking are from survivors such as Tomi Reichental, Eile Wiesel, Jan Kaminski, Suzi Diamond, Ingse Radford. Each of these survivors have a haunting testimony of how children witnessed things no human ever should.
Resources for introducing the Holocaust to a class.
For many media resources such as this please check out hetireland youtube channel. There are numerous video clips which can be used in class.
Another resource which can engage students is this interactive map which can engage and introduce the topic.
For further information and resources please check out these twitter accounts! There has been amazing work and research done in order to make people aware of the Holocaust and how we can prevent it from ever occurring again.