Monday, 27 January, 2014
The Holocaust – often considered to be one of the darkest episodes in the history of humankind - is not an easy subject, but teaching young people about it is essential for reducing prejudice and ensuring a safer future. Films are an effective vehicle for people to understand what happened during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. Watching and discussing an age-appropriate film together is a positive way to engage pupils in the subject and challenge discrimination and persecution.
To tie in with Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th the education charity FILMCLUB (www.filmclub.org) has put together this topic of six great films related to the Holocaust or a subsequent genocide, each with an associated teaching guide to allow for the issues in the films to be fully explored. FILMCLUB has also teamed up with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to raise awareness of the day and this year’s theme of ‘Journeys’. The Trust is encouraging people to learn about journeys taken by people who suffered under Nazi persecution and in other genocides - journeys that brought survivors to the UK, and journeys of return that have been part of the experience of rebuilding lives.
You can download the resource, which contains descriptions of the six films, discussion questions to get pupils thinking about the films and links to related resources to help them look into the topic further.