HMD 2019 Postcard Project – secondary schools

The HMD 2019 Postcard Project explores the theme Torn from home. Students will learn the history and explore life stories of people affected by the Holocaust and the Genocide in Cambodia and write postcards to them. As a class you will receive a message in response.

HMD 2019 Postcard Project – secondary schools

This lesson explores the life stories of two people who were forced to leave their homes behind; Renee Bornstein during the Holocaust and Sokphal Din during the Genocide in Cambodia. Students will have the opportunity to write postcards to these survivors in response to learning about their experiences.

On HMD 2019 we mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia.

This lesson is suitable for use in: History, English, RE, Citizenship, or as part of SMSC/British values education.

Differentiation is built in to help you adapt activities for mixed ability groups and students with SEN requirements.

HMD Postcard Project secondary lesson plan


You can download postcards to print yourself here. Due to the popularity of the project, we have now run out of printed postcards to send out.

You may also be interested in our set of five Tutor Time activities, and our HMD assembly for secondary schools. You can find these resources here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Holocaust and the Genocide in Cambodia, or if your students have further questions, our teacher information sheets give an overview of the history:

Teacher information sheet – The Holocaust
Teacher information sheet – Genocide in Cambodia