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Marking Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January 2023

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, the Centre for Holocaust Education at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, has released a new podcast exploring the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust.

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The first episode, ‘Survivors’, is a conversation between Dr Rebecca Clifford of Swansea University and Dr Tom Haward of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education about her book ‘Survivors: Children’s Lives After the Holocaust.’

It explores issues of memory and of working with and interpreting historical sources, particularly those based on the memories – or absence of memories – of children, which has implications for teachers and students working with primary sources in the classroom. It also thinks about the role of narrative in history, and ideas of trauma, testimony, and family. Finally, Dr Clifford reflects on what this history means for us today.

Observed on 27 January each year, Holocaust Memorial Day is an international tribute remembering the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. The date also marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest concentration camp.

In addition to the podcast, the Centre for Holocaust Education is sharing resources to support teachers and schools in their Holocaust Memorial Day activities by leading discussion of its theme ‘Ordinary People’.

This forms part of a series of activities underway across UCL to mark the observance day. The university’s iconic Portico is being lit up all day on 27 January to remember and pay tribute to victims.

Listen to the podcast

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  • Mary Hinkley, UCL Creative Media Services.