The Holocaust Education course aims to look at the subject matter of the Holocaust in its own context, making the young person ask vital questions about the world they live in today and what happened in Nazi Germany from 1933 – 1945. The course aims to look at acceptance of all; no matter of your religion, race, gender or sexuality. Students are asked to build on communication, research and group skills.
Topic 1: The Holocaust
The students look at how the Holocaust began, the definition of the Holocaust and the timeline of major events. Students take part in group work and whole class discussion as we look at how a country came to think Anti-Semitism was the norm.
Topic 2: Paper Clips
Students look at the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day and why we still need to reflect of the Holocaust today. The theme of monuments is pivotal in this Topic as students look at the story of a group of High School students in America as they create their own Holocaust Memorial, in groups students reflect and think of their own community.
Topic 3: Propaganda and the SS St Louis.
Students analyse what propaganda actually is and how it is used to influence people. They research the ‘voyage of the damned’ and find out why the world rejected 937 Jewish German refugee’s and the impact asylum has on our own country today.
Topic Four: Kitty’s Story
Students look at the story of Kitty, a young Jewish woman who found herself at the age of 16 in Auschwitz-Birkenau and how she managed to survive to tell her story – her return to Auschwitz and how she lives her life now. The students look at the legacy of Auschwitz and hear from S6 students who have recently been to the camp.
Topic Five: Six Million life’s… Six Million stories…
How do we make people understand the sheer number involved in the Holocaust? It’s hard! Student’s reflect on their time on the course, they discuss their thoughts and discuss modern genocide and issues associated with the Holocaust. Each student is given information from a person involved in the Holocaust… all different ages, genders, backgrounds… all with a story… as the lesson finishes and they have discussed their person with their peers they find out the status of their person at the end of the war. This has been a very powerful lesson and pupils evaluate their own learning.
On-going through class and group discussion and the student workbook.