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Sir Ben Helfgott: survivor, educator, advocate and knight. A personal reflection

Ruth-Anne Lenga The UCL’s Centre for Holocaust Education’s good friend and advocate Ben Helfgott has been given a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. We are, of course, delighted. Ben has influenced our work considerably. When we established the Centre

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‘What does it mean to teach, to learn, to remember the Holocaust?’

Andy Pearce This year, on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the New York Times poignantly announced the ‘Holocaust is Fading From Memory’. Referring to a study commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the newspaper reported a

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Remembering Belsen – do we know what we are forgetting?

Andy Pearce.  On 15 April 1946, nearly three-quarters of the 9,000 Holocaust survivors housed in the Displaced Persons camp at Bergen-Hohne made the short journey to the former site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The occasion was the first anniversary

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‘I’ve always not been racist’: where next for Holocaust education?

Sylwia Holmes.  ‘I didn’t stop being racist because of (learning about) Holocaust […] I’ve always not been racist.’ (Ella, Year 12 student, Peterborough). In popular, political and even educational discourse, it has become a commonplace to assert that it is

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When the national curriculum is not compulsory we need to keep presenting the case for Holocaust education

Andy Pearce As First World War centenary commemorations become entangled with 70th anniversaries of the Second, it is worth reflecting on the words of Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti: “Forgetfulness is full of memory”. And the idea that the converse may

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