Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative Approaches to the Challenges We Face

UCL (University College London) and Yad Vashem

This online course explored the history, delved into pedagogical challenges revealed by research, and considered practical solutions for teaching the Holocaust.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Ruth Anne-Lenga

Associate Professor (Teaching), UCL

UCL (University College London)

Dr Na'ama Shik

Director of E-Learning Department, Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem



Week 1

Introduction to the History of the Holocaust: What was the Holocaust?

  • Overview of Jewish life before the war;
  • The roots of antisemitism;
  • The story of the late Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman;
  • The beginning and un-folding of the Holocaust 1933-onwards;
  • Emigration options for Jewish people and the reception of refugees around the world;
  • The beginning of the Second World War and the Holocaust from 1939 onwards;
  • The ghettos;
  • The development of the ‘Final Solution’;
  • Resistance and rescue;
  • Concentration and extermination camps;
  • Liberation;
  • Return to life.

Week 2

  • Can young people grasp the enormity of this history?
  • What are the challenges that teachers face?
  • What do students know and understand about the Holocaust?
  • What are the issues in textbooks?
  • Using atrocity images? An ethical question;
  • What are the implications of misconceptions?
  • How do we teach about the Holocaust in a world without survivors?

Week 3

  • What are key pedagogical principles to keep in mind?
  • How can we apply key pedagogical principles in our teaching practice?
  • How can we address misconceptions?
  • How can using artefacts deepen student understanding of the Holocaust?
  • Theory into practice: Developing your own classroom material.

Issued on 18th February 2021

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Free online course:

Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative Approaches to the Challenges We Face

UCL (University College London)