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Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Textbook portrayals of Britain and the Holocaust

November 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Black and white photograph of students taking a class postwar in a DP camp

Jewish refugees take a class at the Schlachtensee Displaced Persons camp, c. 1946-1948. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.

Part of The Wiener Holocaust Library’s PhD and a Cup of Tea doctoral seminar series.

The British response to the Holocaust – both at the time and in retrospect – was extremely context. It ranged from stories of rescue, such as the Kindertransport, to examples of obstruction and antisemitism.

This presentation will explore how this intricate relationship has been depicted in a sample set of history textbooks designed for use in schools. Drawing upon source material from a range of dates and authors, this presentation will give a taste of some key research findings. Notably, although the British response was not always glorified in textbooks, it was rare to find depictions of the relationship which offered a truly nuanced interpretation of the issue.

About the speaker:

Daniel Adamson is a PhD student in the History Department of Durham University. His research centres on educational portrayals of the relationship between Britain and the Holocaust. Daniel holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge, an MA in History Education from UCL, and is also a PGCE-qualified former teacher.

Event guidelines:

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2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

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November 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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