About us

What is the site for?

The Holocaust Explained website is to help students with their school work, both in school and at home.

It is designed to support the school curriculum. The site has images (pictures, maps, videos, diagrams) to help explain concepts and events. There is text to describe the historical events and 'reflective learning activities' to enhance students' understanding of the issues and concepts. The structure of the site is explained in the section How to use this site

The site is not a site for teachers; it is for students. Teachers might find sites such as www.hedp.org.uk helpful.

The site does not enable students to ask questions or to communicate in any way; there is no ‘Contact us’ facility.


Who is organising the site?

The organisation that is managing The Holocaust Explained is The Wiener Library. The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and the Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.


Who is sponsoring the site?

The organisations which provided the funding for The Holocaust Explained include:


The Leo Baeck London Lodge. 

The Lodge was established during the War to provide accommodation and support for refugees fleeing to Britain from the Holocaust. The Lodge is named after Rabbi Leo Baeck, one of the 20th century’s leading Jewish scholars and himself a victim of Nazi tyranny.

This site is a fitting tribute to the Lodge’s work over the 70 years and stands as a living testimony to the people it helped.


The Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank believes it has an exceptional opportunity and, indeed, a responsibility to make a substantial contribution to the communities in which it operates. As a force for social good, Deutsche Bank’s corporate citizenship programmes open up opportunities for those in society whose circumstances are disadvantaged, but have a desire to improve their situation. 

The mix – of projects, partners, people and planning – that makes up Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the community is having more impact than ever. The focus is on four key areas: education, social investments, art & music and corporate volunteering.

In the UK alone, investments of over £3m are made each year to support the activities of around 50 different partner organisations and volunteering opportunities for over 1,200 employees are brokered. The bank's programmes are all geared towards raising aspirations, building confidence, creating opportunities and breaking down barriers for some of the most disadvantaged individuals in society


The Shoresh Charitable Trust

The Shoresh Charitable Trust works with well established charities in Europe and the USA to support them in their charitable activities.


Mrs J Millan, London, UK

Mrs Millan is the Trustee of LJCC with a specific remit for Holocaust education. The LJCC is grateful for her commitment, time and financial support in Holocaust education in the UK and overseas and to make the site the important educational resource that it is.


The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah research, Documentation and Education which significantly contributed to making the Holocaust Explained Key Stage 4 site possible.


Strategic partners

Many organisations contributed to the design and development of The Holocaust Explained. They continue to be involved in its use a vibrant place to learn about the Holocaust and what is means for us today.


The London Grid for Learning, The LGfL

The London Grid for Learning is a consortium of all London local authorities working together to put in place online resources and services for schools which exceed (in terms of quality, scope and value for money) what can be achieved by working individually.

As well as drawing on and pooling together some of the best expertise, experience and insight to inform the decisions of the Consortium, collective regional buying power saves schools millions of pounds a year for the services and resources provided by LGfL, compared to the cost of schools buying the same services individually.

All London councils are the members of the trust, which they collectively own. The Trust employs a small staff, and is administered by an executive board of trustees who are mainly directors of children services of London local authorities and the convenors of four 'sector groups’ that make up the 33 authorities.

The LGfL is also the physical network, which has been especially created to connect and serve London’s schools. The network is large, powerful and employs leading edge technology.

LGfL is proud to be a partner in the development and delivery of the The Holocaust Explained project – and the site is viewed as an outstanding and essential addition to the LGfL online content portfolio.


Yad Vashem, the International School for Holocaust Studies.

Yad Vashem’s principal tasks include collecting all relevant archival materials, teaching about the Holocaust and initiating research and publications. Yad Vashem is the world’s premier place for commemoration, documentation, research and education about the tragic events of the Holocaust.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is in Washington. It is a living memorial to the Holocaust. It inspires American people and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. Since it opened in 1993, the museum has welcomed nearly 30 million visitors including more than 9 million schoolchildren. The museum is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Holocaust.