Background & Aims
- Holocaust Learning UK sessions take place in January and February each year to coincide with
Holocaust Memorial Day, the national day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and of other genocides.
- Events are organised and co-hosted by a large team of volunteers from Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue,
Northwood United Synagogue and other local synagogues.
- The major Holocaust education bodies, including the Holocaust Education Trust and the Association of Jewish Refugees provide support, consultation & training.
- Over 3,000 secondary school students and teachers from over 50 schools in Harrow, Hillingdon, Hertfordshire, Ealing, Brent and beyond attend a half-day workshop every year.
- Holocaust Learning UK meets the requirements of the national curriculum in History, English, PSHE (personal, social & health education), Citizenship and Religious Education and is endorsed by the Local Education Authorities of Harrow, Hertfordshire and Hillingdon.
- Over 30,000 students have attended our Events since we started more than 18 years ago.
- Our programme is designed for students in school years 8 – 13.
- Our Events are held at Northwood United Synagogue, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Bushey United Synagogue, Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue, Belmont United Synagogue, Watford and District Synagogue, Ealing Synagogue, Finchley United Synagogue and the Mosaic Jewish Community.
- Many other UK synagogues have adopted our blueprint to bring students together to learn more about the Holocaust.
- Holocaust Learning UK, the largest event of its type in the UK, is free of charge and non-denominational.
Our objectives are to exemplify the Statement of Commitment adopted by the UK Government after the Stockholm Convention 2000 : –
- We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning.
- We believe the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory.
- We honour the survivors still with us, and reaffirm our shared goals of mutual understanding and justice.
- We must make sure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences.
- We vow to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocides.
- We value the sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil.
- We recognise that humanity is still scarred by the belief that race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people’s lives worth less than others.
- Genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue. We have a shared responsibility to fight these evils
- We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides.
- We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt.
- We will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day.
- We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, respectful, and democratic society.
The trustees and members of the joint organising committee of Holocaust Learning UK recognise that the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory. Humanity is scarred by the belief that race, religion, gender and disability are still used as excuses for prejudice and discrimination and that arising from this, genocide, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and discrimination continue in the world today.
Holocaust Learning UK pledge to provide an understanding to local secondary school students, about the Holocaust and other genocides. Each year we arrange a series of two and a half hour educational sessions over several days. These are planned to follow National Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January. students attend facilitator led small group workshops in which they explore the historical context of the Holocaust and its contemporary significance. They then listen to first-hand testimony from Holocaust survivors or their descendants.
The aim of Holocaust Learning UK via our Events is to motivate people individually and collectively to ensure that the horrendous crimes of racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust and more recent genocides are neither forgotten nor repeated.
We aim to achieve excellence with sensitivity.
Holocaust Learning UK provides a unique opportunity for young people to meet a Holocaust survivor and/or one of their descendants, to hear their testimony and to work in small groups with trained facilitators to explore the historic context.