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Testimony and Documents

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A KS3 history lesson demonstrating good practice in teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

Teacher Steve Richardson at Mill Hill School, Ripley uses the testimony of survivors, alongside letters, documents and newspaper articles as a basis for his Year 9 lesson on "liberation".

He begins by asking his class what emotions they think the word evokes, and the students come up with a range of possibilities, including joy, happiness, relief and confusion.

Steve concentrates on a piece of film testimony from Leon Greenman, one of the very few British Jews in Auschwitz.

At the end of the lesson the students are then asked to re-assess their understanding of the word "liberation" in relation to the Holocaust.

In view of the evidence presented, "liberation" becomes less of a joyful concept, but one tinged with notions of sorrow, loss and emotional entrapment.

Part of the series: Teaching About the Holocaust

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