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 theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 is Communities Together: Build a Bridge.

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

Primary Activities

Rainbow fish assembly

  • An EYFS resource to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 focusing on community and friendship.

Miep Gies case study

  • Help your class to consider what means to help people with a case study of Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family in an attic and kept them safe for two years.

Miep Gies PowerPoint assembly

  • An assembly to support a case study of Miep Gies.

Blanche Benedict case study

  • The heartwarming story of Blanche Benedict who survived the Holocaust thanks to the bravery and support of friends, neighbours, strangers and teachers.

Blanche Benedict PowerPoint assembly

  • An assembly to support a case study of Blanche Benedict.


Secondary Activities

Introduction to the Holocaust: Footballers Remember

  • This short film and supporting resources builds on the England football squad’s visit to the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. The film will stimulate students’ interest and set the stage for more detailed study.

HMD 2013: an Introduction

  • Introduce your class to Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 with this teacher’s guide offering background information and ways to use the many resources available.

HMD 2013 assembly PowerPoint

  • An excellent PowerPoint on the Jewish Holocaust and subsequent genocides for use in assembly.

Vali Racz case study

  • The remarkable story of the Catholic-Hungarian actress Vali Racz who was nearly executed for hiding several Jewish friends during World War 2.

HMD 2013 SEN lesson plan: No Man is an Island

  • A lovely lesson plan to support a reading of John Donne’s famous poem No Man is an Island to help students think about the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2013.

Communities Together: Building a Bridge

  • This image of a bridge can be used to engage students in the theme of communities coming together and to make links between our past and the present.

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.


More Holocaust Resources

Religious education - prejudice and discrimination

  • For students of Religious Education to think about how people of different faiths respond to prejudice and discrimination.

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 used to reflect upon the Holocaust.

Teaching About the Holocaust - timeline

  • KS3 history lesson on good practice in teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

Holocaust, Anne Frank and genocide

  • Powerpoints and worksheets for KS3.

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.

Thinking Film, Thinking History

  • These sensitively chosen film extracts from a wide range of films focus on the Holocaust are accompanied by some curriculum-focused activities and teachers’ notes.