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70 years on from the UN Convention on genocide, we must continue to learn the lessons of the past

Yesterday, Sunday 9 December 2018, marked the 70th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (writes Nicola Wetherall). As we formally recognise this important milestone,

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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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