HOLOCAUST RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN WALES

Welcome to JHASW/CHIDC’s Holocaust Resources for teachers and students in Wales. The following pages provide new, online classroom activities and teacher guidance notes on the history of the Holocaust. These are bilingual (English and Welsh) resources which are completely free to download.

The resources were produced as part of a European funded project - the European Network of Testimony based Digital Education or 'ENTDE' - and incorporate video testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. 

The testimonies are from child refugees who came to Wales during the 1930s to escape Nazi persecution. They tell local stories and show Jews as part of a collective, shared Welsh history. They also give voice to the individuality and common humanity of Jewish lives affected by or lost in the Holocaust.

Photograph of Ellen Kerry Davis and her family outside their home in Kassel, Germany around 1937. In 1939, Ellen escaped Nazi persecution via the Kindertransport. She was adopted by an elderly, childless couple in Swansea. 

Image from interview with Ellen Kerry Davis from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, 1996. For more information: http://sfi.usc.edu/

Ellen Kerry Davis - “This is no story.  I was there……I lived through this.”

Information for Teachers

The resources are designed to support clear and robust curricula goals and are aligned to the Curriculum for Wales. Specifically, they help teachers address the 'what matters' statements in History, Religion, Values and Ethics, Geography and Art disciplines. They also focus on cross curricular literacy skills and cross cutting themes – such as human rights and diversity – to help students develop a sense of cynefin and identity as ethical citizens of Wales and the world.

Teachers may also be interested in the following resources to prepare for teaching about the Holocaust:

 

  • Article providing a brief overview of the history of the Holocaust:

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/introduction-to-the-holocaust

  • A glossary of key terms:

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/glossary

  • Article addressing some frequently asked questions about the Holocaust:

https://www.ushmm.org/teach/fundamentals/holocaust-questions

  • Timeline of events resource (1933-1945):

https://www.ushmm.org/learn/timeline-of-events/before-1933

  • Holocaust maps resource:

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/gallery/the-holocaust-maps