Learning from the Righteous and British Government are embarking on a join project to promote the British Heroes of The Holocaust Award, a scheme established by the Government in 2010 to honour british citizens who assisted in rescuing victims of The Holocaust. This exciting collaboration will highlight this little-known of national recognition for those courageous people who refused to remain indifferent when confronted with the plight of the persecuted.
The recipients of this award include diplomats, private citizens and prisoners of the war. Their deeds took place across europe and the resources being created will reflect each specific historical and geographical context.
The British Heroes of the Holocaust medal bears the inscription “in recognition of selfless actions which preserved life in the face of persecution”. To date, it has been awarded to 41 British citizens who helped or rescued Jews in the Holocaust; either through extraordinary acts of courage or by going above and beyond the call of duty, in the most difficult of circumstances. This project marks the first time that all these stories will be presented as one dynamic educational resource.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, who oversee the award, is committed to building a long-term partnership with Learning from the Righteous to develop further educational resources to promote these largely unheralded stories of altruism.