Holocaust Memorial Day is today

Dear colleague

On Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2014, the NUT remembers the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur; and recognises the importance of using education as a tool to overcome prejudice in all its forms.

This day aims to teach the lessons of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in order to build a safer future, by standing up to hatred, and replacing it with respect and understanding.

As you may have seen in the media, Gabor Vona, the leader of the extremist racist and anti-Semitic Jobbik Party from Hungary, is planning to hold a rally in London on Sunday – the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. The anti-racist organisation, HOPE not hate, is campaigning on this issue. Visit the HOPE not Hate website here.

New teaching resources
The NUT in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust develops teaching resources which explore the fates of different groups in the Holocaust. These teaching materials ‘Who was persecuted, how and why,’ are aimed at secondary school pupils and can be found on the NUT website.

We welcome the Government’s decision to continue funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which gives two students from every school in the country the chance to take part in educational visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Share your ideas with other teachers
NUT members are encouraged to view the teaching resources during this week. Please let us know whether you are doing anything in your school for Holocaust Memorial Day, share best practice, use #HMD2014 and tweet us @NUTonline.

For further educational resources and continuing professional development opportunities, please visit the Trust’s website at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “list.para-mail.co.uk” claiming to be http://www.het.org.uk.

Yours sincerely

NUT General Secretary

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