Britain and the Holocaust

Violette Lecoq drawing of Ravensbruck concentration camp (RW 2/2)
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How much did the British government know?

Students study telegrams, radio intercepts and reports received by the Foreign Office between 1942 and 1944. They learn about how the events in Nazi occupied territories unfolded and the subsequent reactions of the British government. Students also extract evidence from files to examine the extent of Britain’s awareness of the events leading up to the Holocaust.

Throughout this session students are encouraged to think about the position British officials were in at various stages during the war. In response to the sources, there are opportunities to discuss whether some of the atrocities could have been avoided by the intervention of the Allies.

This session is suitable for Year 9 and above. Students must have some prior knowledge of the Holocaust.

Britain and the Holocaust can be delivered as a workshop, videoconference or virtual classroom. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Virtual classroom

in your classroom

1 hour


in your classroom

1 hour

Availability: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 3 – 4

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