The Holocaust

In this podcast Dr Heather Mann explores the history of the Holocaust, and how it is taught in schools. The Holocaust remains one of the only mandatory elements of the national curriculum. This secures a commitment to teaching the topic, but debates exist, often framed by an apparent tension between exclusively ‘historical’ and otherwise ‘social’, ‘moral’ and/or ‘civic’ teaching aims. Other sensitives need careful thought too. 

Heather speaks to Corey Soper, who joined the teaching team at the Centre for Holocaust Education in September 2019, building on a background in the teaching profession. Previously, Corey was Head of History at Jewellery Quarter Academy in Birmingham and spent four years as a classroom teacher. And Dr Tom Lawson, a historian of the Holocaust and co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Britain and the Holocaust, he is currently the pro vice chancellor of Northumbria University. Together they explore what role public memory plays in shaping our ideas around the Holocaust was well at changes in the way the topic is studied and taught. 

Please note that each of the introductions are specific to the individual podcast while the acknowledgements are generic in all of the introductions. 

1. Introduction
2. How did you first get interested in the Holocaust?
3. Do you think the Holocaust is a controversial subject in Britain?
4. How do we remember the Holocaust?
5. How can teachers unpick misconceptions?
6. The Holocaust and historiography
7. How can we explain this complex history to young people?
8. Comparing the Holocaust
9. How has the way we think and teach about the Holocaust changed since the 1980s?
10. Can we see the effects of Holocaust education on wider society?
11. The Holocaust as a British history?
12. What can we learn from Holocaust education to support teaching other controversial or difficult histories?

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