Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Added 04 Jan 2021
Tom Palmer - After the War

Thanks to generous funding support from the Marks Family Charitable Trust, the National Literacy Trust has teamed up with award-winning author Tom Palmer to produce free resources which can be used in the classroom or at home, to help schools commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (Wednesday 27 January 2021).

The resources are designed to be used throughout the week beginning Monday 25 January 2021, and are suitable for use with students aged 9 to 14 (Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3).

Resources comprise:

  • A story written and read specially for Holocaust Memorial Day in five instalments by Tom Palmer called The Question
  • A video assembly presentation, for use on Holocaust Memorial day
  • Videos and worksheets to support and inspire pupils to write their own responses
  • A teacher guide with ideas and sources to support your delivery and children's writing
  • A Facebook live Q&A event with Tom and Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich on 29 January at 10:30
  • The chance to win a set of six signed copies of Tom Palmer's book After The War (thanks to Barrington Stoke) as part of a prize draw. To take part, complete the short survey here

These resources build on themes and characters from Tom's title After The War, which follows children liberated from concentration camps arriving in the Lake District. After The War has been nominated for the 2021 Carnegie Book Award.

Schools can now submit their pupils' writing inspired by these resources. These will be considered for publishing on the Lake District Holocaust Memorial Project website. Please send PDFs of writing to, with 'Holocaust Memorial Day writing' in the subject.

Further Holocaust Memorial Day resources, including free CPD for teachers, can be accessed from UCL's Centre for Holocaust Education.

Catch up on the live event with Tom Palmer and Mala Tribich, Holocaust survivor

Listen to The Question

Listen here to all five parts of this story, written and read by Tom Palmer

Assembly video

Tom Palmer discusses the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day and introduces his book After the War

Writing tips for pupils

Tom Palmer provides top tips on how to write your own story in a series of YouTube videos. Watch all six parts in the playlist below.