Family & Education

Jason Isaacs narrates Shoah documentary

Out of the Darkness will be available online till the end of May


A Holocaust documentary narrated by the actor Jason Isaacs was launched for secondary school children this week.

Holocaust Learning UK has run sessions in schools for nearly 20 years but with Covid-19 ruling out face-to-face visits for the time being, it instead commissioned the hour-long film.

Out of the Darkness features the testimony of Janine Webber, a survivor of the Lvov Ghetto, who had to move from hiding place to hiding place in the surrounding countryside until she found refuge with an elderly couple in Krakow.

“I couldn’t speak for 50 years,” she says in the film, “I wanted to forget.”

The charity’s schools programme has included “workshops and survivor testimony, teaching about the Holocaust but also helping young people to understand where racism and discrimination can lead,” said its chairman Barbara Cohen.

Student actors and Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue also appear in the film, which is now available free to schools until the end of May.

Teachers will be able to use a video introduction from the Holocaust Education Trust as well as resources from the charity’s website.

Holocaust Learning UK grew out of a pioneering partnership between Northwood’s United and Liberal synagogues.

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