Each year the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) on 27 January. HMD has been held in the UK since 2001 and the United Nations declared this an International event in November 2005. 27 January was chosen as the date for HMD because it was on this date in 1945 that the largest Nazi killing camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. Why not go directly to the Holocaust Memorial Day trust educational website to access a variety of resources and lesson plans to stimulate debate and raise awareness in your school:
The Holocaust Educational Trust was established in 1988 in the UK.
Their aim is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today. The Trust works in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, providing teacher training, an outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource material. One of our earliest achievements was ensuring that the Holocaust formed part of the National Curriculum for History. They continue to play a leading role in training teachers on how best to teach the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Education Development Programme
The Holocaust Education Development Programme (HEDP) is part of the Institute of Education, University of London. The programme’s overarching aim is to transform teaching and learning about the Holocaust. The IOE's programme is leading world-class research on Holocaust education and delivering free professional development across England.