Diversity and Difference. Changing People’s Attitudes and Behaviours Through a School and Community Based Holocaust Education Project

  • Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann
  • Gary Mills
  • James Griffiths
  • Bill Niven
Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)


This chapter examines how teaching about the Holocaust can impact how people of difference are viewed in today’s society, where difference and diversity can be exploited to promote hatred and violence. The context for the chapter is the unique work undertaken by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum whereby pupils, parents, carers and other significant individuals from communities that experience high levels of hate crime and discrimination visit the centre and take part in a series of community-based workshops. Set against recent developments in Holocaust education research, key findings from this project are presented and a key focus on Holocaust education in primary schools explored—how learning about individual responsibilities during the Holocaust can challenge and change attitudes towards people of difference today.


Holocaust education Citizenship education Community project Museum Primary schools 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann
    • 1
  • Gary Mills
    • 2
  • James Griffiths
    • 3
  • Bill Niven
    • 4
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.National Holocaust Centre and MuseumNottinghamUK
  4. 4.Nottingham Trent University (NTU)NottinghamUK

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