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“After the War: Auschwitz to Ambleside” : Roundtable with author Tom Palmer

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“After the War: Auschwitz to Ambleside” : A Roundtable with author Tom Palmer, Trevor Avery (Lake District Holocaust) & Helen McCord (UCL)

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The British Association for Holocaust Studies Presents:

“After the War: Auschwitz to Ambleside” : A Roundtable with children’s Author Tom Palmer, Trevor Avery of the Lake District Holocaust Project and Helen McCord of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education

(Hosted by Hannah Wilson & Elizabeth Kendrick)

In this dynamic online event, our guest speakers will share their experiences of working on Holocaust education for primary and younger audiences. They will reflect on the work of their own institutions, as well as their methods of research and interaction with testimonial sources and authentic stories of those who survived. The discussion will centre around Tom Palmer's recent children's book "After the War: Auschwitz to Ambleside", and will finish with a Q&A session. Our participants are:

  • Tom Palmer is a children’s author. He has written 50 books about sport and history. In 2020, with the help of the Lake District Holocaust Project he published the book, After the War, the story of the Windermere Boys, 300 Jewish children who survived the Holocaust and came – as refugees – to stay by Windermere in the English Lake District. He will discuss the process of researching ‘After the War’, and his experience of writing about the Holocaust for younger audiences.
  • Trevor Avery is Director of Lake District Holocaust Project, which is based in Windermere. He has been an advisor on a number of national television and radio programmes including the 2020 Prix Europa award winning BBC and Warner Bros drama The Windermere Children and makes an appearance in the accompanying BBC documentary The Windermere Children In Their Own Words. He has appeared in BBC Radio 4 documentaries including Open Country The Windermere Boys and in a special edition of BBC Radio Four's Sketches. Other programmes include ITV's The Story of the Swastika and the 2010 BBC One documentary The Orphans Who Survived the Concentration Camps. Trevor will present his work with the Lake District Project, and his coordination with Tom Palmer on researching for the book ‘After the War’.
  • Helen McCord has worked at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education since September 2019. Prior to that, she was a teacher of history for 16 years and was also a subject leader and mentor for trainee teachers. At the Centre, she teaches across all of the programmes of CPD, for both teachers and ITE. Most recently, alongside Centre colleagues, she has been developing online materials to help teachers to deliver Holocaust education to their students during these challenging times and she is one of the authors of our recently published KS3 textbook ‘Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?’ Helen will discuss the ways in which Tom Palmer’s novel ‘After the War’ can be used by teachers, with support from our materials, to engage younger students with the Holocaust in an effective and age appropriate way.

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