FILMS

Holocaust Learning UK offers schools four unique films, tailor-made for secondary school students.

Holocaust Learning UK offers a unique array of films, tailor-made for secondary school students, supported by bespoke resources and expertise provided by Holocaust Educational Trust. All our films provide students with the essential historical facts of the Holocaust, together with memorable personal testimony, archive footage and a diverse cast of student actors to foster historical learning and an understanding of the Holocaust’s contemporary relevance.

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Films comparison and summary

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  • Main subject
  • Narrator
  • Country of birth
  • Broad Story
  • Historical context
  • Student Actors
  • Post War
  • Duration
  • Age appropriate
  • THE HOLOCAUST

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  • Main subject
    > 10 Holocaust Survivors, student actors and presenters and remarkable archive provide a comprehensive overview and understanding of the Holocaust
  • Narrator
    Jason Isaacs
  • Country of birth
    Poland, Germany, Holland
  • Broad Story
    > Jewish Survivors and other victim groups targeted by the Nazis describe their experiences during the Holocaust
  • Historical context
    > The Rise of Nazism through to the end of World War II and the Nuremburg Trials
  • Student Actors
    Seven student actors relay testimony and act as presenters
  • Post War
    > A deep understanding of the consequences of dehumanisation and racial persecution
     
  • Duration
    50 mins
  • Age appropriate
    13+ and above. Teachers’ previewing recommended
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  • kindertransport

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  • Main subject

    Three Kindertransport Children
    > relatable and touching

  • Narrator
    Jonah Hauer-King
  • Country of birth
    Germany and Czechoslovakia
  • Broad Story

    > Happy Pre-War childhoods
    > transformed by societal and state-sponsored antisemitism
    > saying goodbye to their parents
    > arriving in the UK
    > making homes in the UK
    > the realisation they would not be reunited with their parents

  • Historical context

    Life in Germany and Czechoslovakia:
    > the rise of Hitler and Nazism
    > Nazi dominance and occupation
    > Kristallnacht
    > British Government initiative to allow in unaccompanied Jewish children
    >The devastation brought by WW2
    > The fate of their parents

  • Student Actors
    > Third party testimonies
  • Post War

    > by fighting oppression with kindness, ordinary people can make a difference
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    20 minutes

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 11+
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  • Janine’s STORY

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  • Main subject

    Janine
    > engaging
    > empathetic
    > accessible

  • Narrator
    Jason Isaacs
  • Country of birth
    Poland; a traditional Polish Jewish family
  • Broad Story

    > A hidden child’s fight for survival under Nazi occupation

  • Historical context

    Life in Germany from 1933:
    > the rise of Hitler
    > anti-Jewish laws
    > book burning
    > Kristallnacht
    > persecution of Jewish people
    > persecution of those with disabilities
    > invasion and occupation of Eastern Europe

  • Student Actors
    Focus: human rights
  • Post War

    > post-war genocides
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    54 minutes in two equal parts

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 12+
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  • Steven's STORY

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  • Main subject

    Steven
    > extraordinary storyteller
    > youthful
    > relatable

  • Narrator
    Jason Isaacs
  • Country of birth
    Holland; a modern assimilated Jewish family
  • Broad Story

    > A child’s life in concentration camps in Holland and Czechoslovakia

    > Forced deportation across Europe in a cattle truck

  • Historical context

    Life in Holland:
    > in 1930s and under Nazi occupation
    > rise of fascism in Germany and elsewhere in Europe
    > WW2 and the early days of the Holocaust
    > Invasion and occupation of Western Europe

  • Student Actors
    Focus: moral dilemmas
  • Post War

    > antisemitism and racism today
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    54 minutes in three equal parts of 18 minutes each

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 13+
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  • ASSEMBLY FILM

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  • Main subject

    6 Holocaust survivors, 3 male, 3 female
    > Powerful and compelling testimonies

  • Narrator
    Various student actors
  • Country of birth
    Poland, Germany, Holland, Hungary
  • Broad Story

    > concentration camps
    > slave labour
    > hidden children
    > forced journeys
    > starvation
    > death squads
    > death march
    > disease
    > loss of identity & humanity

  • Historical context

    A pan-European overview of the
    Holocaust in the context of WW2

  • Student Actors
    WW2 Overview
  • Post War

    > the importance of learning from the Holocaust today
    > learning from the past to build a better, safer future for all

  • Duration

    15 minutes

  • Age appropriate
    Suitable for students 11+
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