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Holocaust education centre launches new digital programme

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum has created resources for both primary and secondary-age children


The National Holocaust Centre and Museum has launched new resources to carry on its educational mission while it remains closed because of the coronavirus.

“Special Times, Special Stories” is a set of three video exercises for primary school children.

On Friday mornings secondary school children can join Zoom seminars, led by educators from the Nottinghamshire-based centre.

A pilot seminar last month featured survivor Martin Stern (below), who said, “It is wonderful that this storehouse of creative and unique content will be readily available throughout the UK”

"As Holocaust survivors decrease in number and the remaining ones are less able to travel this is a marvellous way to make this material accessible to pupils who previously had no access.

"I hope that this new online offering will make it much more practical for teachers to interact with the subject, learn from the expert team at the NHC and contribute meaningful ideas themselves."

Other material online includes the videos Edek, combining a survivor’s story with hip-hop, and Stand Up, where footballers look at the idea of bystanders."

Marc Cave, chief executive of the NHC&M, said, "We have created a thoroughly topical online
learning programme, accessible by any child with an internet connection the length and breadth of the UK. Right now, we know schools can't come to us. So we will go to them. Individually. All at once."

He hoped this would "ease the pressure a bit for schools and parents. It should keep a few youngsters out of trouble. And it's also a way of keeping our much loved and cherished but ageing survivor family occupied and in touch with other people during this very isolating period".

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