Photograph: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
Education through storytelling is the foundation of our Trust. By providing survivor speakers and stories we encourage the listener to engage with history on a human level. We facilitate many different ways to engage with these stories and are continuously developing new and creative means of engagement.
One of the best ways to engage with history is to listen to the people who experienced it first-hand. By personalising history in this way, it allows those listening to move beyond dry statistics and connect with the lived experience of war, and in doing so to reflect on its contemporary relevance. BGET can arrange for survivors, particularly those who came to the UK as refugees, to speak at your event in a number of ways:
As well as 'one off' talks with survivors we have developed a series of outreach programmes based on our survivor's stories, some in collaboration with other charities and organisations including Show Racism the Red Card. These programmes, led by trained facilitators, allow participants to explore lessons from Bosnia in depth and reflect on its contemporary relevance to us here in the UK through a series of interactive workshops. Our current programmes are:
Our study trips to Bosnia provide an opportunity to take part in a unique learning experience about the Bosnian genocide, history, and culture where participants will be challenged to think critically about the genocide and its contemporary relevance to us here in the UK.
The trips are usually one week and include guided visits to historical sites, meeting survivors of the genocide as well as an opportunity to learn about programmes and initiatives that aim to deal with this difficult past.
“The Court concludes that the acts committed at Srebrenica … were committed with the specific intent to destroy in part the group of the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina as such; and accordingly, that these were acts of genocide.”
International Court of Justice