Holocaust resources

29 October 2020 Share


30,000 copies of a well informed textbook on the Holocaust have started to be distributed to 1,000 English secondary schools. Written by experts at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, the publication of Understanding the Holocaust: How and Why Did It Happen? is a major milestone in the history of Holocaust education in England. 

Generously funded by the Pears Foundation and the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund, this ground-breaking resource draws on empirical research conducted by the Centre into teaching practices and students' knowledge and understanding. In responding to this evidence, the textbook works to address key challenges around teaching the Holocaust and helps to combat common myths and misconceptions held by many students. These include misunderstandings about the victims of Nazism and their experiences; erroneous ideas about the cause of the genocide and who was responsible; and difficulties found in students' ability to provide robust explanations for how and why the Holocaust happened. 

A free class set of 30 textbooks is available to teachers in any state funded school in England who teach about the Holocaust at Key Stage 3. It is aimed at history teachers, but other teachers are eligible if they intend to use the book extensively. An exclusive, e-Inspection copy of the textbook is available here

This digital version of the textbook will expire unless your school is registered.. 


Textbooks are being distributed free of charge to teachers who have pre-registered on the distribution list. To be added to the distribution list, teachers need to register and complete a short online CPD course, which is now open. To access the course, click here


Full Terms and Conditions are provided in the course. 

For frequently asked questions, please follow: Textbook FAQs



Holocaust Memorial Day resources and story


Author Tom Palmer is developing with the National Literacy Trust, The Lake District Holocaust Project, UCL Holocaust Education and other partners to produce a range of resources to mark Holocaust Memorial Day including:

• Assembly

• Worksheets

• 5 part read-aloud story 


To get a reminder and more information email Tom with the subject: Holocaust Memorial Day