Symposium 'Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust in the UK' is available online

The three-part symposium "Teaching & Learning About the Holocaust in the UK" is now available to watch online. Sponsored by the AJR, in partnership with the UK Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the symposium formed part of the UK launch of the IHRA Recommendations for Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust.

One of the aims for the Recommendations is to contribute to an ongoing conversation between academics, policymakers, practitioners and wider society about the relevance and importance of teaching and learning about the Holocaust today. In this spirit, the series contains informal discussions with delegates to the IHRA, as well as external experts, on the issues involved in teaching and learning about the Holocaust. 

Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust today

The first panel discussion, "What Holocaust Education Is and Isn’t," chaired by Alex Maws of The Association of Jewish Refugees, featured panelists Jennifer Ciardelli of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ruth-Anne Lenga of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, Alasdair Richardson of the University of Winchester, and Catrina Kirkland of the Holocaust Educational Trust. Some of the topics discussed include the debates around the term “Holocaust education,” aspects of teaching and learning about the Holocaust that have changed over the last several years, and how the Recommendations could be used in classrooms.  

For the second session, panelists discussed the role played by museums, memorials and archives in teaching and learning about the Holocaust. This session, called "Britain’s Holocaust Museums, Memorials & Archives," featured panelists Martin Winstone of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, Barbara Warnock of the Wiener Holocaust Library, Louise Stafford of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, and Rachel Donnelly of the Imperial War Museums.  

The third discussion, "How the IHRA’s work Impacts upon Education, Memory & Heritage in the UK" featured three delegates to the IHRA, Paula Cowan of Vision Schools Scotland, Gilly Carr from the University of Cambridge, and Olivia Marks-Woldman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. In this conversation, panelists gave a broader insight into what the IHRA does, including sharing best practices in education and remembrance across an international network.