Reflections – #HMD2013

There were many, many excellent articles, tweets and Facebook posts relating to #HMD2013 and it’s definitely reassuring to see that after so many years, HMD is still resonating with people from all walks of life, of all ages and from all over the UK and beyond.

In the days leading up to and following on from HMD, there is usually a mini-plethora of articles in the national media. This year, the Sunday Times Magazine ran an article on David Irving and his claim that “perhaps it’s something different in their brains” – referring to Irving’s explanation as to why Jews have been targets of hatred and violence over the years. Although the article was interesting, it failed to reach any conclusions or judgement on Irving, beyond repeating the assertion that he is an antisemite (in spite of his claims to the contrary). I am still on the fence as to whether it is wise to give this ridiculous man the publicity he obviously craves. I am not sure whether this was the best choice of topic to appear in the paper on HMD.

So we move away from words and towards pictures.

A Facebook friend of mine posted the following graphic on her page that spoke volumes to me and is a great example of how images can communicate so much about a complex subject.

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day 5772 (2011)  © Yad Vashem

Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day 5772 (2011)
© Yad Vashem

It is a very evocative image and I think it has great potential in the classroom.

When I was in Krakow in 2007, I took the following photograph:

Picture 8

The similarities between these two images struck me straight away.

I took this photograph on a cold but sunny October afternoon in Krakow. I was with a group of educators on the IWM Fellowship at Plac Bohaterow Getta (The Ghetto Heroes’ Square) and as I caught sight of our shadow I felt the undeniably human aspect of the tragedy that took place in that city.

Plac Bohaterow Getta, KrakowGhetto Heroes' Square

Plac Bohaterow Getta, Krakow
Ghetto Heroes’ Square

These images could be used as a prompt for a starter activity on any number of themes (of loss, people, communities, organisation, responsibility, memorial) in PSHE, Citizenship, RE or pastoral class time.

Resources will appear here shortly.

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