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Thursday, 9 November, 2000, 14:36 GMT
Lessons from genocide
Auschwitz
Six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust
A pack designed to help teach children about the Holocaust has been produced in effort to counter bigotry and promote tolerance and diversity.

The pack has been written to support the first Holocaust Memorial Day which will be held next year on 27 January - the anniversary of the liberation of inmates at Auschwitz concentration camp.

The aim is to ensure that the lessons of the Nazi campaign to annihilate the Jews and other minority groups, as well as those from other acts of genocide such as in Rwanda in 1994, are not forgotten.


We must ensure our children learn the importance of valuing diversity and tolerance towards others

Jacqui Smith
Schools Minister

The Schools Minister, Jacqui Smith, said the pack was an important resource for schools to help ensure that children learnt the importance of valuing diversity and tolerance towards others.

"This pack explores some of those issues, in relation to holocaust in a sensitive and thoughtful way which I think teachers will find invaluable," she said.

The education pack was also issued in Scotland.

The launch comes on the 62nd anniversary of Kristallnacht when thousands of Jewish businesses, synagogues and homes were destroyed in riots across Germany instigated by the Nazis.

Skulls
Victims of the Rwanda genocide will also be remembered
A team of specialist advisors and Holocaust survivors helped produce the pack which is intended for use mainly in secondary schools and by youth and community groups.

It is designed to show teachers how to incorporate discussions of various themes into a wide range of curriculum subjects.

Students can also do further study into the issues using material on the Holocaust Memorial Day website.

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