History

Pride: Lesbians and Gays supporting the miners 1984-85

Support groups throughout the UK were encouraged to pair with a mining community after the Thatcher administration stopped distributing the funds of the National Union of Mineworkers. The Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) was formed by Mark Ashton and Michael Jackson after the pair began collecting in the 1984 Pride march in London.Continue reading “Pride: Lesbians and Gays supporting the miners 1984-85”

Mala Tribich

‘When you hear from a witness, you become a witness’ – Elie Wiesel This is the third time I have had the priviledge of hearing Mala tell her story. Yesterday, Mala joined the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to live stream her testimony, to give not just us Ambassadors, but our friends, families and anyone whoContinue reading “Mala Tribich”

Finding your voice as a leader with Lord Browne of Madingley in conversation with Judge Robert Rinder

Disclaimer : The wording of this transcript is not 100% accurate, this is due to the pace of the live interview & my typing speed. For example, I have restructured the questions after making a brief note of the theme whilst listening to the interview. Direct quotations are clearly indicated. Judge Rinder : Lord Browne,Continue reading “Finding your voice as a leader with Lord Browne of Madingley in conversation with Judge Robert Rinder”

Popular misconceptions of the Holocaust – what can we do?

This was probably my favourite session of AmCon at home as I was in the middle of devising a scheme of work on the Holocaust for my PGCE. I’m gutted I didn’t have the chance to deliver it and tackle some of these issues in the classroom. Catrina Kirkland, HET’s education officer who delivers theirContinue reading “Popular misconceptions of the Holocaust – what can we do?”

No Laughing Matter: The Holocaust & Humour – Yoni Berrous

Yoni’s lecture focused on Jewish humour leading up to, and during the Holocaust – the darkest chapter of Jewish history. If I’m honest, I didn’t understand every example Yoni showed us; this is mostly because they have been translated and thus may not carry the same meaning, but there is also a stark difference inContinue reading “No Laughing Matter: The Holocaust & Humour – Yoni Berrous”

AmCon 2015

Introduction Peter Bazalgette, TV producer: As I’ve stated previously, this year marks the 70th year of the liberation of the Holocaust camps. Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation opened the Conference with a speech on Remembering For the Future. This was especially relevant after the death of Nicholas Winton (liberator), often describedContinue reading “AmCon 2015”

How important was the fear of Communism in explaining the rise of power of Hitler and the Nazi’s?

During the 1920’s & 30’s, support for Hitler and the Nazi’s grew. Communism was seen as a threat as it was very left wing and would result in everything being State provided, total equality, and therefore the loss of profit. The fear of Communism was important in explaining the rise of power of Hitler andContinue reading “How important was the fear of Communism in explaining the rise of power of Hitler and the Nazi’s?”

How far was the appeal of Fascist ideology due to corporatism?

Corporatism, along with a totalitarian government, a heroic leader, extreme nationalism, militarism and hatred of communism, were the features of Fascism that Mussolini created. Each central feature appealed to a different group of the population. The appeal of Fascist ideology was due to Corporatism. Corporatism was the state controlled economic plans which would aim toContinue reading “How far was the appeal of Fascist ideology due to corporatism?”

Why the US failed to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese

The US failed to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese because they saw them as sub-human in comparison. The majority of South Vietnam’s population were peasants working on the rice fields. They lived in areas lacking electricity, running water, and proper sewage and waste systems. Their small homes were made out of mud,Continue reading “Why the US failed to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese”

The Hitler Myth

The Hitler myth was created as a reaction to the weakness of the Weimar government. The Weimar government was failing to solve Germany’s problems. After WWI and the agreement to pay France reparations, Germany was becoming economically crippled. In an attempt to solve this, the Weimar government printed extra money. However, this was money GermanyContinue reading “The Hitler Myth”

“Within the context of the causes of witch-hunting, 1603 – 1712, how typical were the causes of Matthew Hopkins campaigns, 1645-1647?”

The witch hunts took place between the years 1450-1750[1], peaking between the years 1610-1630[2]. Their purpose was to identify and persecute supposed witches, primarily when a threat to Christian society was perceived.  The King James Bible states that “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live[3],” showing that the belief in witchcraft was not aContinue reading ““Within the context of the causes of witch-hunting, 1603 – 1712, how typical were the causes of Matthew Hopkins campaigns, 1645-1647?””

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