Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Each year on 27 January the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day. It was on this day in 1945 that the largest Nazi extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust campaigns to commemorate this date and to remember and learn from subsequent genocides around the world. The message of Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is “Keep the memory alive”.

This collection of free teaching resources from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, will help you to consider the Holocaust with your pupils.

Primary Activities

Hedy and her memory book

Using the story of one Holocaust survivor, Hedy, and the memory book she still has today, this lesson introduces your students to the Holocaust through a variety of classroom activities.

HMD 2015 – assembly for 7-11 year olds

This assembly introduces the Holocaust and explores the themes of HMD through the life story of child survivor Joan Salter.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

A variety of activities and creative, practical opportunities that will allow your students to engage with this year’s theme “Keep the memory alive”.

SEN lessons for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

These life stories of survivors, victims and witnesses of the Holocaust have been designed to support lessons for SEN students for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.

Easy read and sensory life stories

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have put together sensory versions of life stories of people affected by the Holocaust and genocide.

 

Secondary Activities

HMD 2015: Assembly for 11-14 year olds

This assembly focuses on the stories of David Berger, who was shot in Lithuania in 1941, and child survivor of the Holocaust, Joan Salter.

HMD 2015: Assembly for 14-16 year olds

This assembly focuses on the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbat archives, which were documents relating to the Holocaust that were secretly stored in the Warsaw Ghetto.

HMD 2015: Assembly for post-16 students

This assembly explains the background to Holocaust Memorial Day and illustrates the 2015 theme “Keep the memory alive” through the life story of Ceija Stojka, thereby focussing on Nazi persecution.

Secondary lesson

Through English or history, your students can explore the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbat archive and they can recreate their own archive, allowing them to engage with Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust memorials

Through an exploration of Holocaust memorials, this assembly examines the different ways that we can keep the memory alive, which is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.

Genocide memorials

This assembly on genocide memorials around the world will share with your students different ways of keeping the memory alive, the theme for this year’s HMD theme.

Life stories

Life stories of people affected by the Holocaust and genocide to support other lesson plans, assemblies and activities from the Holocaust Memorial Trust.

 

See all lesson plans, activities and resources from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

 

More Holocaust Resources

Case study: The untold story of a lost community

Case study from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust remembering the communities wiped out through Europe by the Nazis.

Lesson starters: The Holocaust

Lesson starter ideas for teaching the Holocaust.

The Holocaust

Looping Powerpoint presentation used to reflect upon the Holocaust.

Teaching about the Holocaust - timeline

A history lesson on good practice in teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

Holocaust worksheets

Worksheets to establish and develop knowledge of the Jews, Hitler and the Holocaust.

Illustrated Holocaust glossary

An introduction to key places, people and terms.

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels

Developed by TES English, a range of teaching resources, worksheets and activities to support teaching and learning of Kindertransport by Diane Samuels