Portsmouth academic hosts virtual talk on new approaches to Holocaust education

Dr Christine Berberich

, Reader in Literature at the University of Portsmouth, will host a talk on how new perspectives on Holocaust education can engage young people with the vitally important period in history.

In previous years the University of Portsmouth and Mayville High School have collaborated on creative projects that see students take part in activities themed around Holocaust teaching, and the students’ own emotive responses to studying the Holocaust.

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Christine Berberich will give a virtual talk into the process for anyone with an interest in Holocaust education.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual day of commemoration to mark the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 1945 by the Red Army. It is a day to remember the at least six million victims of the Nazi genocide, but also to think about other genocides that have been committed since. This session in particularly is aimed at educators for various age groups to give some ideas and insights about alternative approaches to Holocaust education.

The event will be hosted on Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 4 – 5pm, tickets are available for free via Eventbrite.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a national event held to remember the millions of people who lost their lives or suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and also in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Alongside Christine’s event, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Rob Wood, will give a reading and light a candle, and Ruth Barnett, who in 1939 was one of the thousands of children brought to the UK from Nazi Germany, will take part in an online 90-minute talk and Q&A.

Lord Mayor Cllr Rob Wood said: “It is important we remember the atrocities of the past so that they don’t happen again in the future. Even though we can’t bring people together to do that this year, I’m glad we’re holding virtual events to ensure Portsmouth still marks Holocaust Memorial Day and there is a focal point for residents who want to take part.”

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