The Association has been involved in a number of special projects designed to find new and creative ways of spreading our message. Our three most recent projects; The Holocaust: Sustaining the Legacy, Building Bridges and Holocaust Education for Educators have been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our mission, under the Sustaining a Legacy project was to:
Recruit, train and support a new generation of 30 volunteer speakers to carry the legacy forward
Secure the living testimony of survivors through further filmed interviews with survivors who have not previously spoken out about their experiences and;
Create a training package that can be used to support future sustainability
As part of Building Bridges the Association interviewed members of the Association about their experiences and produced an educational DVD and portable exhibition. This website is the result of our project, Holocaust Education for Educators, and for this project we also interviewd 11 members of the Association on film. We are very grateful to HLF for their support.
Journeys: Survivors Remember the Holocaust
'Journeys' is a DVD designed to support teaching and learning about the Holocaust, using eyewitness interviews in the form of digital stories alongside original documents, photographs and newspaper articles. It is intended for use with the History, Citizenship and RE curricula at Key Stages 3 and 4 but could also support work in IT and English and at A-level. The DVD contains lesson ideas to help teachers get the most out of the resources. There is also a comprehensive digital archive of unique images and documents belonging to HSFA members that can be downloaded and used independently by teachers and students.
We have a limited number of 'Journeys' DVDs available for schools, colleges and educational organisations. If you would like to receive a copy please email us or contact us via the enquiries page.
Campaign! Make an Impact
We worked with the British Library on an innovative Citizenship learning programme in which young people learn about past injustice and use that knowledge as a springboard to create modern day campaigns. Students from Bradford Academy and Prince Henry's Grammar School met Holocaust survivors and learned about their stories, then worked with digital artist Shanaz Gulzar to learn campaigning skills and create their own campaigns. They devised campaigns about human rights, individual resposibility, diabetes awareness and animal rights. Campaign! Make an Impact is now a national programme led by the British Library, with support from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Association for Citizenship Teaching and Ofsted. Find out more at www.bl.uk/campaign.
Making a New Life
This project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, created a collection of oral testimony of HSFA members' experiences, together with stories and documents. The collection is stored in the Special Collections Library at the University of Leeds where it is accessible to students and researchers.
Kirklees Community History
HSFA has worked with the Kirklees Community History team on a number of projects designed to make the connection between the Holocaust and modern day genocide. We collaborated on 'Food for Thought', a project for Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 that used the role played by food in the Holocaust and other, more recent atrocities as the starting point for discussion. An earlier project, Double Portraits, created a moving DVD that contains six filmed encounters between Holocaust survivors and refugees living in Yorkshire.