'...trying to count the stars': using the story of Bergen-Belsen to teach the Holocaust

Teaching History article

By Maria Osowiecki, published 4th January 2013

Maria Osowiecki's search for the right questions to frame her students' study of the Holocaust was driven initially by the proximity of her school to the site of Bergen-Belsen, and the particular interests and concerns of her students as members of British Forces families. But, as this article richly demonstrates, the process of framing a stimulating and challenging enquiry that does justice to the past also depends on rigorous historical scholarship. Here she draws on her own extensive reading and research to offer the reader not merely a powerful series of well-crafted enquiries but also a concise and compelling account of Belsen's complex history that is necessary to underpin them.

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