“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The UK has long played a leading role internationally on Holocaust education, remembrance and research. In 1991 England was the first European country to make teaching about the Holocaust a mandatory part of the history curriculum in state secondary schools, whilst in 2009 it was the first country to undertake extensive national research into Holocaust teaching and learning. We were an original signatory of the Stockholm Declaration of 2000 and a founding member of IHRA, and in 2014 will take the chairmanship for a second time. Holocaust Memorial Day has been marked in the UK since 2001, having been inaugurated the previous year by the then prime minister. The UK has led the way in issues of restitution: The Nazi Gold Conference in London in 1997 was also a UK initiative, as was the creation of the Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel (EPCAP) in 1999.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP, signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment at a meeting with Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman and several of the Trust’s Ambassadors (Photo: HET)
The UK has an extensive network of organisations working in the field of Holocaust education, remembrance and research. The British government remain committed to the principles and objectives of the Stockholm Declaration and the many supportive statements that followed it, including the Terezin Declaration of 2009. We are also proud to have a large number of Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution who made Britain their home.
In December 2013 the UK presented a country report to the IHRA plenary in Belgium. This ten page report provides detailed reflection on Holocaust education, remembrance and research in the UK.
Teacher programs and classroom materials have been developed by a range of organisations including the LJCC’s ‘Holocaust Explained’ website and the IOE’s Centre for Holocaust Education’s broad range of programs for teachers.
In December 2010 the United Kingdom became the first country to conduct a thorough review of its Holocaust Education Report to IHRA, resubmitting it at the plenary meeting in Haifa.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg accompanies students on Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz course (Photo: HET)