23 January 2003
Teachers’ guide to Holocaust denial on the internet launched
A new guide for teachers on Holocaust denial on the internet will be launched at an event at the University of Sussex to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Written by Rebekah Webb and Chana Moshenska, the guide will be launched at the conference 'Then and Now: Survivors and Refugees 1933-2003', organized by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, on Wednesday (29 January).
The guide has been created in response to the increasing number of websites dedicated to Holocaust denial and the problem they pose to teachers at primary and secondary school level. The overall aim is to encourage teachers and students to use the internet wisely.
The Holocaust Memorial Day event will include a screening of the film 'The Lift', which reflects the experiences of groups of migrants and refugees who settled in the East End of London, including Jews, Bangladeshis and Afro-Caribbeans. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by the film's director Marc Isaacs, and chaired by Judy Ironside, director of the Brighton Jewish Film Festival.
"The aim is to connect our historical research on the Jewish refugees of the 1930s with the present-day debate about refugees and asylum seekers," says Professor Ted Timms, Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies. "Our educational work is designed to counteract the prejudices which are being reflected in sections of todays tabloid press, some of which were as hostile to Jewish refugees in the 1930's as they are to Islamic asylum seekers now."
The event takes place on the University of Sussex campus at Falmer, near Brighton. It is free of charge and open to all.
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A full programme can be viewed at www.sussex.ac.uk/Units/cgjs/events_files/holomemoday.html.
For more information on the event, contact Diana Franklin on 020 8381 4721 or by emailing D.Franklin@sussex.ac.uk
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