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Seeing the world today from a different viewpoint: the impact of the lessons from Auschwitz project on schools in Scotland

Maitles, Henry and Cowan, Paula (2009) Seeing the world today from a different viewpoint: the impact of the lessons from Auschwitz project on schools in Scotland. In: Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference of the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network. CiCe Thematic Network project, London, UK, pp. 202-208. ISBN 978-0-9562789-6-8

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Abstract

Auschwitz remains the epitome of inhumanity and barbarism. In 2007, the Holocaust Educational Trust organised the first Lessons from Auschwitz (LFA) project for Scottish schools. Its participants were two plane-loads of Scottish pupils and teachers from 31 local authorities - typically two pupils from a school accompanied by a teacher. This research, funded by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Pears Foundation, involved these participants being invited to complete an online questionnaire with selected follow-up interviews. The aims were to evaluate the LFA project and provide insight into the impact this project had on individuals, schools and communities. This paper will report on: Student evaluation of the LFA project; The impact of the LFA project on individuals, schools and local communities; Conclusions as to the value of the LFA project in Scotland.