On 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the victims of the Nazi and subsequent genocides.
The date marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. This is a time to reflect on the lessons of the past and recognise the role that discrimination and hatred have in building a climate where genocide can ultimately occur. Schools play a vital role in fostering an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding that help to create a safer future for all.
The Holocaust and similar events can be a difficult and sensitive area for teachers to cover. To support teachers covering such material, Hamilton have written a nuanced and age-appropriate topic block for upper key stage 2 - Anne Frank and The Holocaust. This block, part of our World War Two in Europe topic, studies the life of Anne Frank, as well as the discrimination and oppression suffered by Jewish people at this time.
The rest of this topic covers some of the significant turning points and events during the war in Europe, from the Battle of Britain through to VE Day, and helps to develop skills and knowledge in history, geography, D&T, art, and English.