We launch Holocaust Memorial Day digital resources and story from Tom Palmer

12 Jan 2021
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Thanks to generous funding support from the Marks Family Charitable Trust, we are teaming up with award-winning author Tom Palmer to produce free resources teachers can use with pupils learning at home or in the classroom to help commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

Commemorative five-part story and video content from Tom Palmer

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Tom Palmer, author of After the War (Barrington Stoke), has specially written a five-part story for teachers to share with their classes online to commemorate the occasion, which can be found on our website here literacytrust.org.uk/resources/holocaust-memorial-day-2021.

The story is broken down into five chapters so pupils can read a chapter a day at home or in class during the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, from Monday 25 January to Friday 29 January.

Tom’s story follows a Holocaust survivor aged 91, called Yossi Frenkle, as he visits a school to share his experiences with pupils and answer their questions. And to ask one of his own.

Pupils are invited to read along each day and then watch the Tom’s accompanying video content for each section of the story which gives pupils new advice and guidance on how to create their own short story in response to his five-part story, from tips on researching their writing, to planning their stories, to getting their ideas down on paper and self-editing their work.

There are also downloadable worksheets available to support each activity, helping pupils with their written responses to the story, event and resources.

The Lake District Holocaust Project is also offering a great opportunity for some pupils’ work to be published on their website as part of this project.

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Free teaching resources

These resources build on themes and characters from Tom's book After The War, which follows children liberated from concentration camps arriving in the Lake District.

Teachers can also access a free guide and resources to help them plan and deliver activity on the topic and support their class’ writing here for Key Stage 2 and 3; the resources include an assembly video with Tom Palmer to be used on Holocaust Memorial Day itself.

Facebook live event

At 10.30am on Friday 29 January, we invite schools to tune into a Facebook live discussion here where Tom Palmer will be talking about his book, After the War, and his work as an author. To be confirmed, Tom will also be interviewing a Holocaust survivor about Holocaust Memorial Day and their life story.

Ahead of the Facebook live event, if pupils would like to submit any questions for Tom or his guest, if there is time, please do so by emailing sport@literacytrust.org.uk with the subject line: “HMD Facebook Live”.

Win signed books!

One lucky participating school will be selected in a prize draw to win a set of six signed copies of Tom Palmer’s After the War for their school library.

The idea behind The Question is to offer children everywhere the chance to see what it would be like to have a Holocaust survivor visit their school, hopefully help them understand what the Holocaust was and to think about the purpose of Holocaust Memorial Day and about all victims of genocide, past and present.

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We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, Lake District Holocaust Project, Marks Family Charitable Trust and Barrington Stoke, for their support on this project.