For our [Extra]Ordinary Portraits competition we are asking young people in the UK to submit a portrait based on the theme for HMD 2023. We are running this project in partnership with the Royal Drawing School.
Discover the new ORDINARY OBJECTS EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS website we developed in partnership with The National Holocaust Centre and Museum and the Jewish Museum of Greece.
To celebrate the lives that survivors of the Holocaust and genocide have built in the UK during Her Majesty’s reign, we hosted a special tea party. In our latest blog post we hear from some of the survivors about what HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee means to them.
HMD 2023: Ordinary PeopleDiscover the theme
Between 1941 and 1945, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Their attempt to murder all the Jews in Europe, shook the foundations of civilisation.
The Nazis targeted anyone they believed threatened their ideal of a ‘pure Aryan race’, including Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay people, political opponents and others.
From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, imposed an extremist programme to reconstruct Cambodia. Millions of people died through starvation, disease and exhaustion, and thousands were executed.
In a violent outpouring in 1994, approximately one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in just 100 days in the Genocide in Rwanda.
In July 1995, against the backdrop of an ongoing civil war, Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladić murdered around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica.
In 2003 a civil war began in the region of Darfur. Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed attacked black African people, destroying entire villages, murdering civilians and displacing many more.
This lesson is suitable for 11–14-year-old students. Through testimony, artefacts and memorials it introduces the history of the Kindertransport – a programme that rescued 10,000 children from the Nazis. It is suitable for use in a range of subjects – such as History, Art and Design, English, RE, PSHE, Citizenship.