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Teaching the Holocaust

Languages and humanities
Next week’s Holocaust Memorial Day is an occasion when we remember the victims of the Holocaust, as well as of other genocides around the world. Teacher Ben Fuller discusses how teachers can approach this challenging subject.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 is Journeys. In the last year I have been on a journey that has done a great deal to challenge my own understanding and appreciation of one of history’s darkest and most defining periods, and in turn, how I teach it. 

Indeed, by taking part in two site-based courses run by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) – in Poland and Germany – I have come to appreciate the importance of emphasising the journeys of individuals, groups and nations before the rise of Nazism, between 1933 and 1945, and beyond.

I am a teacher of history, politics and sociology at Tapton School in Sheffield, where I began as an NQT in 2012. We are a comprehensive secondary school with a 6th form in the heart of the steel city. We have a diverse community within Tapton, comprising pupils from across the city and indeed the world, with more than 40 languages spoken by pupils within the school.

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