Close members of my family were murdered in Nazi death camps simply because they were Jewish. This led to my life long study of the Holocaust. I have undertaken training and am now a trustee of a number of Holocaust related organisations. I was appointed as a national Holocaust commissioner.
Society today is seeing a resurgence of hatred, antisemitism, Islamaphobia and other forms of racism. Teaching and learning about the factors that resulted in the Holocaust, where prejudice and stereotyping can lead, learning facts about the Holocaust and more recent genocides is important for all civilised people. Teaching the truth about the Holocaust is essential to combat Holocaust denial and those who are intent on spreading lies and hatred. Visiting authentic sites and seeing the outcome of hatred is an important step in understanding.
Working with Holocaust survivors has led to my interest in more recent genocides and in Rwanda in particular.
I work independently but also closely with outstanding Holocaust education organisations. These organisations provide excellent opportunities to learn and to train.
I teach about the Holocaust and later genocides and I speak about my family story. I organise educational conferences for sixth form students and study trips to Holocaust touched countries in Europe and to Rwanda.
I have organised and led numerous Holocaust Educations study trips:
Berlin (Visits include the major memorials. Jewish Museum, Museum of the Topography of Terror, Wannsee House and Sachenshausen Concentration Camp)
Poland (Visits include Warsaw and Treblinka Death Camp; Krakow with the old synagogues, the Galicia Photographic Museum, Schindler Museum and Auschwitz
Trustee to Holocaust Education Trust (HET)
National Holocaust Centre & Museum
Foundation for Jewish Heritage
Patron of Rwandan Sisterhood