GMD Schools: Resources for Assemblies and Lessons

Those of you commemorating genocides past and present in the coming weeks may find the following resources useful.  A full set of resources can be found on our site here.  All our lesson plans are available under the Genocide Memorial Day author account on the TES resources site as well as on our website.

Assembly resources
The powerpoint of genocides used as a prelude to a one minute’s silence is available to download from our site.  It can be used as is, or adapted. 

  • PPTX – Listing acts of genocide
  • PDF – Listing acts of genocide

The short video designed for all ages that contextualises the figures with the names of children killed in some of these atrocities can be found here and at the bottom of this email.

75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation                                                          On the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation, thousands of people from all over the world will come together to remember and commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. We have compiled a selection of resources to highlight the worst atrocities committed not just in Auschwitz but in other partsof the world since the Second World. We need to reflect and educate younger generations on the importance of remembering victims of genocide to not repeat the past and to raise awareness around discrimination, otherisation and dehumanisation.

Our specific lesson plan for ages 10 – 12 on the book Rose Blanche, by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan  is a way to do this. The book focuses on the Holocaust, in particular concentration camps. Students will learn about how ordinary people can both be accomplices with oppressive regimes and genocidal acts, as well as oppose both in whatever way they can; to have confidence in standing up for what is right; to think about the type of narratives used to justify genocidal programmes.

For older students (14-16 and older) a discussion on Eugenics and the Holocaust is available in the lesson plan.  The PDF manual and PPT can be downloaded from our site.

Other resources and book discounts
In addition, in our  School Resources section, we have links to relevant documentaries, films, essays, poems, posters and books. We also have a discount of 15% available for small orders of those items stocked by the IHRC Bookshop. Please use the code BOOKS4SCHOOL at the checkout. If you want to make a larger order and get a larger discount, please contact the bookshop directly on

Hoping to continue this project with your support and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

With prayers and peace,

Genocide Memorial Day Team