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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

For this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, the BBC are broadcasting a number of programmes telling the stories of survivors:


Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 (Wednesday 27th January, 7pm, BBC2)

From the BBC:

More than 200 Holocaust survivors attend a unique commemoration at Guildhall in London to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. With powerful personal testimony, music and poetry, all those who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and those who have died in later genocides will be remembered.


Children Saved from the Nazis: the Story of Sir Nicholas Winton (Wednesday 27th January, 10:45pm, BBC1)

From the BBC:

It is 1939 and Europe is on the brink of war. Hitler has invaded Czechoslovakia, threatening the lives of the Jewish population. Nicholas Winton, a young British stockbroker, decides he will do everything possible to save the lives of as many Jewish children as he can. This film, transmitting on Holocaust Memorial Day, tells the extraordinary story of how Nicholas Winton rescued 669 children from the clutches of the Nazis, bringing them by train to Britain.


Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories (Wednesday 27th January, 10pm, BBC4)

From the BBC:

The dark heart of the Nazi holocaust, Treblinka was an extermination camp where over 800,000 Polish Jews perished from 1942. Only two men can bear final witness to its terrible crimes. Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman were slave labourers who escaped in a dramatic revolt in August 1943. One would seek vengeance in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, while the other would appear in the sensational trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961. This film documents their amazing survivor stories and the tragic fate of their families, and offers new insights into a forgotten death camp.

Channel 4 are also airing a film considering the legacy of the Holocaust for an individual survivor:

The Girl Who Forgave the Nazis (Saturday 23rd January, 8pm, Channel4)

This documentary tells the remarkable story of Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor who publically forgave SS accountant Oskar Groening in April 2015. The film considers the impact of her forgiveness – exploring why some felt moved by this act, when others felt betrayed.


And for an older class or FE/HE students, More4 are airing André Singer’s harrowing documentary Night Will Fall (Saturday 23rd January, 9pm) which tells the story of Allied Forces who filmed the horror of the concentration camps.


All of these programmes, or clips from them, could be used in a classroom to start a discussion about the theme of this year’s HMD: Don’t Stand By.


Related Links:

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have a great range of resources for educators available on their website. http://hmd.org.uk/content/for-educators