A book to help teachers planning visits to Second World War concentration and extermination camps has been launched by the Holocaust Educational Trust. Teachers' Guide: Holocaust Sites in Germany, Poland and Austria by Jeremy Leigh, a teacher of Jewish history and Jewish studies, is aimed at students 15 and over.
HET's head of education, Rosie Boston, says the 134-page guide was produced in response to demand from schools. "We have an awful lot of requests from teachers who want to take their students to sites in eastern and central Europe. There was nothing really like this available for them. If you look at regular guide books, they'll give some attention to the Holocaust, but very little," she says.
The book does not just cover the labour and extermination camps. "Auschwitz and Belsen are quite well known and a lot of people know they can go and see them," says Ms Boston. "But this book also looks at a number of sites that aren't very well memorialised - buildings which were very significant during the Nazi period, but there's nothing there now to register what they once were."
The guide also looks at Jewish life in Europe earlier to try to put the events from 1933 to 1945 into context. Mr Leigh says: "I try to pick out sites that tell that story. So there's a whole piece about synagogues and Krakow. There's stuff about deportation centres from Berlin, where we are looking at the story of Jews who were living there and had their synagogue turned into a deportation centre."
Suggestions for activities, recommended resources and guidance on how to conduct visits to different sites are all included.
Yolanda Brooks Teachers' Guide: Holocaust Sites in Germany, Poland and Austria pound;17.50 plus pound;2.50 pamp;p Holocaust Educational Trust BCM Box 7892, London WC1N 3XXTel 020 7222 6822