What is the site for?
The Holocaust Explained website has been created to help learners understand the essential facts of the Nazi era and the Holocaust, as well as its causes and consequences.
It is designed with the British school curriculum for thirteen to eighteen year olds in mind, but it aims to be accessible to other users as well.
We think the site will help to answer questions that people often ask, in an accessible, reliable and engaging way.
The role of The Wiener Holocaust Library
The organisation that is managing The Holocaust Explained is The Wiener Holocaust Library. The Library is the world’s oldest archive on the Holocaust and the Nazi era. Formed in 1933 and now based in London, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.
The Wiener Holocaust Library became the custodian of The Holocaust Explained in 2016 and began a project of revitalisation. This project was led by Roxzann Baker under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Warnock. In 2020, the website was relaunched, with around three hundred new articles and over five hundred new primary sources from the Library’s unique archive.
The London Jewish Cultural Centre
The original The Holocaust Explained website was designed and built by the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC). The LJCC was one of London’s leading providers of Jewish education and cultural events. It was formerly based at Ivy House in Golders Green. In 2015 it was merged with the Jewish Community Centre London (JW3) on Finchley Road. The LJCC offered programmes promoting Jewish learning and heritage across a rich spectrum, including Holocaust education. Great credit for the original design and content go in particular to Alan Fell and Garry Clarkson, who took the website from being a set of ideas on paper to an astonishingly successful reality with over a million users per year.
Sponsors of the site
The organisations which have provided the funding for the latest version of The Holocaust Explained website include:
The Pauline and Harold Berman Charitable Trust
A UK-based charitable trust which supports a wide range of charitable activities.
The Pears Foundation
An independent, British family foundation, rooted in Jewish values, with a focus on engagement, understanding and wellbeing.
The organisations which provided the funding for the original The Holocaust Explained website, developed by the London Jewish Cultural Centre, include:
The Leo Baeck London Lodge
The Lodge was established during the Second World War to provide accommodation and support for refugees fleeing to Britain from the Holocaust. The Lodge is named after Rabbi Leo Baeck, one of the 20th century’s leading Jewish scholars and himself a victim of Nazi tyranny.
This site is a fitting tribute to the Lodge’s work over the 70 years and stands as a living testimony to the people it helped.
The Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes it has an exceptional opportunity and, indeed, a responsibility to make a substantial contribution to the communities in which it operates. As a force for social good, Deutsche Bank’s corporate citizenship programmes open up opportunities for those in society whose circumstances are disadvantaged, but have a desire to improve their situation.
The mix – of projects, partners, people and planning – that make up Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the community is having more impact than ever. The focus is on four key areas: education, social investments, art & music and corporate volunteering.
In the UK alone, investments of over £3 million are made each year to support the activities of around 50 different partner organisations and volunteering opportunities for over 1,200 employees are brokered. The bank’s programmes are all geared towards raising aspirations, building confidence, creating opportunities and breaking down barriers for some of the most disadvantaged individuals in society.
The Shoresh Charitable Trust
The Shoresh Charitable Trust works with well established charities in Europe and the USA to support them in their charitable activities.
Mrs J Millan, London, UK
Mrs Millan was a Trustee for the LJCC with a specific remit for Holocaust education. The LJCC and Wiener Holocaust Library Trustees remain grateful for her commitment, time and financial support in Holocaust education in the UK and overseas and in making the site the important educational resource that it is today.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah research, Documentation and Education which significantly contributed to making the Holocaust Explained Key Stage 4 site possible.
Many organisations contributed to the design and development of The Holocaust Explained. They continue to be involved in its use a vibrant place to learn about the Holocaust and what is means for us today.
What is LGfL?
The London Grid for Learning is a community of schools and local authorities committed to using technology to enhance teaching & learning. LGfL schools receive:
- safe, high-speed broadband (‘fibre all the way’, uncontended and symmetrical)
- managed network services
- premium learning resources: a blend of commercially-licensed content and homegrown exclusives
LGfL was set up by the 33 London Boroughs in 2001 as a not-for-profit charitable trust.
Local authorities are still the trustees, setting the course and ensuring educational focus and value for money, but now alongside direct senior school representation and increasingly other experts within the education technology field. Economies of scale (97% of London schools are part of the community with a growing number of schools taking the service outside of London) allow the trust to keep subscriptions low and all revenues are re invested back into new and improved services and resources to make sure LGfL schools remain at the cutting edge of technology and educational best-practice.
LGfL is proud to be a partner in the development and delivery of the The Holocaust Explained project – and the site is viewed as an outstanding and essential addition to the LGfL online content portfolio.
Yad Vashem, the International School for Holocaust Studies
Yad Vashem’s principal tasks include collecting all relevant archival materials, teaching about the Holocaust and initiating research and publications. Yad Vashem is the world’s premier place for commemoration, documentation, research and education about the tragic events of the Holocaust.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is in Washington D.C., in the USA. As a living memorial to the Holocaust, it inspires American people and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. Since it opened in 1993, the museum has welcomed nearly 30 million visitors including more than 9 million schoolchildren. The museum is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Holocaust today.