This set of six worksheets introduces secondary school teachers and students to six different genocides through a key date, the experiences of one person, and the story of one artefact. It can also be used in a non-school environment.
On 17 December 1942, 11 governments issued a joint declaration condemning the Nazi treatment of the Jews – a result of mounting evidence from Poland about the systemic mass murder of European Jews. A one-minute silence was held in the House of Commons.
10 December is International Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
9 December is Genocide Prevention Day, marking the anniversary of the UN Genocide Convention.
On 8 December 1941 the first murders were carried out at Chełmno. The Chełmno ‘killing centre’ was the first Nazi camp to be used specifically for the purpose of systematically murdering inmates, the majority of whom were Jewish.
The International Day of Disabled Persons, established by the United Nations, aims to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.
Following Kristallnacht and the House of Commons debate on the growing refugee crisis in Europe, the first Kindertransport left Berlin on 1 December 1938.
On 23 November 1939 Hans Frank, the Nazi Governor-General of occupied Poland, decreed that all Jews in Poland over the age of 10 were to wear a white badge with a blue Star of David on their right arm.
On the evening of 21 November 1938, shortly after and prompted by Kristallnacht, Philip Noel-Baker, MP for Derby South, introduced a motion in the House of Commons.
On 20 November 1945 the first of multiple trials began in Nuremberg, Germany. The surviving leaders of Nazi Germany were tried for crimes committed during World War Two, which included the Holocaust.