Footprints for Hope on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations marks January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Since 2005 the United Nations has established an outreach programme on the Holocaust and the United Nations, as well as measures to mobilize civil soicety for Holocaust remembrance and education. The programme includes “Footprints for Hope”, developed at the University of London, designed to help teachers teach about the Holocaust effectively.

Footprints for Hope shoe

“Ordinary Things?” is a lesson activity that explores the power of seemingly everyday objects to reveal intensely moving stories about the Holocaust. Part of this activity is the following eight minute film, developed for the United Nations by the HEDP and the Holocaust Centre.


Educational materials for the Footprints for Hope project were created by Paul Salmons, Head of Curriculum Development, Holocaust Education Development Programme, Institute of Education, University of London, which aims to provide a research-informed, innovative and nationally coordinated programme to help teachers teach about the Holocaust effectively. The principal focus is on developing a national programme of professional development in Holocaust education that will be offered free of charge to teachers in every secondary school in England.

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