Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27th. HMD encourages remembrance of all instances of genocide across the world and 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. This year (2020) the theme is Stand Together and we are encouraged to rise up above the divisions between people and communities and stand together against identity-based hostility.
If you are looking for resources to explore issues related to the Holocaust, genocide or identity-based hostility we recommend visiting the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s website.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have resources for using in schools with pupils and students of all ages and abilities. The resources are designed for students to learn more, feel empathy and be inspired to take action. Have a look at their website to find their Primary and Secondary assemblies https://www.hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust-memorial-day/schools/
At the Linking Network we use and recommend for using in primary the video Your Voice is Amazing to challenge children’s thinking about how we can all choose to use our voice to Stand Together with others. The link is here https://www.hmd.org.uk/resource/your-voice-is-amazing/
We have written a new assembly focusing on three people who used their voice to Stand Together with others – Lime Balla in the BESA story in Albania, Nicholas Winterton through the Kindertransport and Fefik Veseli who saved the family of a colleague he worked with in Albania. These stories and the Your Voice is Amazing are all part of the assembly and we wish to credit the Holocaust Memorial Trust as our source for all stories and the video. The link is here https://thelinkingnetwork.org.uk/resource/stand-together-holocaust-memorial-day-2020-assembly/ There are notes you need to read underneath the slides to tell the story.