The London Jewish Cultural Centre and the Holocaust Educational Trust have forged a partnership to make the optimum use of their Shoah educational resources.
For many years, both organisations have worked closely with survivors who recount their experiences to students and other groups. Now they are joining forces with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of their Holocaust programmes.
Under the arrangement, the HET will take responsibility for all survivor speaking engagements and liaison with schools. The LJCC will develop an enhanced “enrichment” programme, giving survivors the opportunity to get together at social events and to discuss shared experiences in a relaxed environment. A substantial grant has been pledged by the Six Point Foundation to support the LJCC programme.
HET chief executive Karen Pollock said: “This partnership means the trust will be doubling the number of survivors we are working with and so, in time, dramatically increasing the number of people we reach. Last year the HET reached 60,000 young people. We know that as the Holocaust moves from living history to just history, these eyewitness accounts are ever more precious.”
LJCC chief executive Louise Jacobs said that by “working together with HET, we can provide both a better service to schools and a higher quality cultural programme.
“The LJCC is well placed to provide a wide variety of talks and outings from our base at Ivy House while the HET has the capacity to incorporate our speakers into their very effective existing outreach programme.”