Commemorating Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass

Commemorating Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass

This month marks the 82nd anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass. This tragic event marked a turning point towards a more violent and repressive treatment of Jews leading finally to the Holocaust.

We think that it is important to reflect on the events that led to the Holocaust and to The Night of Broken Glass in order to raise awareness about the past and ongoing genocides as well as the current environment of Islamophobia.

Please find below some cross curricular selected resources from the Genocide Memorial Day site that may be of interest.

Resources for November

Lesson Plans for Ages 8 – 11

Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan

Learning outcomes:

  1. To learn about the Holocaust.
  2. To 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.
  3. To have confidence in standing up for what is right.
  4. To think about the type of narratives used to justify genocidal programmes.

Lesson Plans for Ages 14 – 18 

The Holocaust and Eugenics

Learning outcomes:

  1. To learn about eugenics and its role in the Holocaust.
  2. To learn about the wider role of eugenics in early 20th century political thinking.
  3. To think about how eugenics stems from racialisation of people as other/deviant etc.
  4. To identify the legacy of eugenics in current times and identify the problems with resurgent thinking about eugenics.

Lesson Plans for Ages 4 – 7  

The Parrot and the Merchant.  Marjan Vafi’s book is an illustrated short retelling of one of Rumi’s stories. 

Learning objectives:

  1. To learn about freedom.
  2. To question our decisions and thinking about ‘others’.
  3. To learn about the ideas of ‘false’ borders.
  4. To learn about how thinking about ‘borders’ and ‘others’ can lead to violence.
  5. To learn what genocide is from this context.

Order the book here, use BOOKS4SCHOOL at the checkout for a 15% discount.

Our lesson plans and resources for various ages, abilities and Key Stages can help you in offering innovative and thought provoking lessons aimed at developing critical thinking and awareness of the causes and ways to prevent extreme violence and genocide. You can find all our school resources including lesson plans, lists and links to films and other material here.

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

Poetry Competition for 2021

The GMD competition challenges your students to write a poem and reflect the theme of protecting humanity from genocide. The competition is open to anyone in the UK aged 11 to 18 at the time of entering.  The date for final submissions to the 2021 competition is 18th December 2020. Full details of the competition can be found here.
The winner of first prize get the chance to visit Bosnia on an educational trip to join one of the commemorative ceremonies and other relevant activities. Due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic the trip to Bosnia is provisionally postponed to July 2022.

In addition to our individual prizes, IHRC will be offering a prize to the two schools which have entered the most entries.
We hope to continue this project with your support and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. 
With prayers and peace,
Genocide Memorial Day Team

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