What We Can—and Cannot— Learn from the Holocaust – Alex Maws, Head of Education, Holocaust Education Trust
Both formally and informally, British society places great significance on the Holocaust. It is the only event in all of history which is today specifically required to be taught as part of the National Curriculum for secondary schools in England. The 2015 report of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission refers to Holocaust remembrance as a “sacred duty” and “at the heart of Britain’s values as a nation”. Stories about the Holocaust are ubiquitous in the news media, literature, television and film. Yet what is the meaning we are meant to derive from Holocaust education and remembrance? What are the lessons for today? Answers to these questions are highly subjective. This talk will explore these nuances and complexities from the perspective of the UK’s leading Holocaust educational charity.
Since 2007, Alex has worked at the Holocaust Educational Trust, developing training programmes and resources for teachers, and overseeing the government-funded Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which to date has taken more than 22,000 16-18 year old students on visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of a four-part course. He has also overseen site-based teacher training courses for British teachers in Poland, Germany, France, Lithuania, Hungary and Israel. Alex is a member of the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and is currently Chair of the IHRA Education Working Group. He serves on the Board of Directors of the British Association of Holocaust Studies.
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This event is part of a new series on ‘Education’ organised by EHU’s Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar for 2015/2016. For further information, please go here