Students Delve into The Holocaust History

The Holocaust: An Unfinished Story? by Dr Janek Gryta, lecturer in Holocaust History at the University of Southampton.

The Holocaust Memorial Day, observed on the 27th January, commemorates the victims of the Holocaust during World War II. It is a day to remember and reflect upon the atrocities committed and to honour the millions of lives who have suffered and lost their lives.

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College welcomes Parkes Institute on Wednesday 10th January, as a part of an enriching educational initiative. Humanities students were treated to engaging lectures and interactive workshops, providing valuable insight into the Holocaust.

Dr Janek Gryta, lecturer in Holocaust History at the University of Southampton, kicked off a thought-provoking day with an enlightening discourse on The Holocaust: An Unfinished Story?, Gryta alongside the sixth-form students, explored the enduring reverberations of the Holocaust in culture and society.

In a workshop facilitated by Anoushka Alexander-Rose, PhD Candidate and an Outreach Fellow at the Parkes Institute, students delved into examples of literature written about the Holocaust, such as Maus by Art Spiegelman and by non-Jewish authors such as Sylvia Plath, who use the Holocaust as a metaphor for evil. Furthermore, by using close analysis, Barton Peveril students probed questions of whether it is possible to write about the Holocaust, and if so, who has the right to?

Anoushka Alexander-Rose, RhD Candidate and an Outreach Fellow at the Parkes Institue.
Charlie Knight, member of the Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton.

Charlie Knight, another member of the Parkes Institute and PhD candidate at the University of Southampton, examines the narrative of German Jewish families separated during the Holocaust. In collaboration, the students and Knight study their letters, diaries, photographs and other primary source material so students can comprehend the multitude of experiences of the Holocaust. 

The students meandered their way through to their next workshop by absorbing how in many ways, the Holocaust has been represented in films, igniting questions about the ethics of representing experiences of genocide on screen, the position films hold themselves in relation to public history and more. This workshop was delivered by Dr Emily-Rose Baker, a British Academy Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southampton.

Dr Uri Agnon, a composer and activist.

In a creative workshop, students are guided on how to respond to antisemitism, racism, and other tragedies, present and past. Dr Uri Agnon, a composer and activist, discusses the challenges that writers face when engaging with such topics and conveys how to overcome them. This practise-based workshop allowed the students to creatively articulate responses to these tragedies through writing prose, poetry and theatre.

In the final interactive workshop, students received the prospect to consider why and whether we can and should memorialise the Holocaust. This work was delivered by Graham Cole, an educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust and Honorary Fellow of Parkes Institute. 

Overall, the event offered a unique avenue for students to connect with experts in the field, encouraging dialogue and critical thinking. Furthermore, the event reflects the College’s dedication to nurturing well-rounded individuals prepared for the challenges of higher education and beyond.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use this webite, you agree to our use of cookies. More Information