In the last of the series 'Britain: Holocaust Bystander or Upstander?', we come to the crunch. This webcast will ask especially difficult questions.

How much did Britain really know about the Nazis' programme to exterminate European Jewry? What choices did it make? Do we need to approach the difficult aspects of our national memory with more honesty? Do we like to tell stories about ourselves wearing rose-tinted spectacles?  

Helping us to answer these questions will be three illustrious guests:

Right Hon Lord Eric Pickles: the UK's Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues. Lord Pickles works closely with the wide range of Holocaust academics, survivors and educational and social organisations in the UK.Along with former Labour Cabinet Minister Ed Balls, he co-chairs the United Kingdom’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation, helping it to develop international partnerships that can support the new Learning Centre to be established in London. He was made a Life Peer in 2018.

Paul Salmons: helped create the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, co-founded the Centre for Holocaust Education at University College London and has played a leading role in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Paul co-curated the touring exhibition 'Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away’, awarded a Grand Prix for Education, Training and Awareness at the Europa Nostra 2020 European Heritage Awards. He is currently developing new exhibitions and educational resources for organisations in the UK, Europe and North America.

Dr Rachel Century: Head of Research, UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Rachel oversees HMDT's education function and is also an educator for March of the Living UK. She has an MA in Holocaust Studies from UCL, is a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust Education and has a doctorate in Holocaust Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her book, based on her PhD research, The Female Administrators of the Third Reich, was published in 2017.

This live webcast will query popular misconceptions — for example, that Britain did not know about the death camps or Einsatzgruppen (mobile extermination units) until it was too late. It will also look at what we can learn about ourselves from the huge popularity in this country of works such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which universalise and de-Judaicise the Holocaust. 

Lastly, the programme will explore British feelings of guilt as a partial explanation for the problematic relationship that many in Britain today have with the State of Israel — that, in pursuing British interests, this country promised much to both Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, failed both, and bears a burden of responsibility for the origins of a conflict that continues to this day. 

Presented by National Holocaust Centre and Museum Director, Marc Cave.


This event is one of a 3-part series. 

You can watch all 3 webcasts on catch-up, using the links you will receive after booking. To buy a ticket to watch all 3 events click here.

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