UCL Holocaust Education Centre have been a key partner for Echo Eternal since inception, providing training and advice throughout.
The 2021 Echo Eternal Horizons Festival saw the inaugural Leon Greenman Symposiums, who would have been 110 this year.
Annually in memory of Holocaust survivor, educator and campaigner Leon Greenman, the festival will feature reflective symposiums for adults and young people.
The Symposiums this year were designed for the staff, community leaders and young people who have directly led activity. They gathered reflections and ideas that will feed into the coming year’s work.
We will share the presentation and outcomes widely via this website page.
Leon Greenman Symposium for Teachers and Community Leaders - 28th January
Teachers and Community Leaders who have contributed to the festival, participated in a workshop with UCL Holocaust Education Centre in collaboration with CORE Education Trust.
Starting with an introduction to the work of Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman, the workshop reflected on the current challenges of Holocaust Distortion and participants considered practical approaches to counter it.
Leon Greenman Symposium for Young People - 29th January
We invited a group of young people who have contributed to the Echo Eternal Festival to be introduced to the life Leon Greenman, before reflecting on their experiences.
We gathered their reflections of the festival and their responses to using testimony as a means of learning about the Holocaust. We discussed how their experiences can help them develop the skills and understanding to address discrimination practically and counter misinformation.
Leon Greenman was born in Britain. At the time of the Nazi occupation, he was living in the Netherlands with his wife and son. Unable to prove his and his family’s British identity, they were first sent to the deportation camp Westerbork and then on to Auschwitz-Birkenau where his wife Else and his son Barney were murdered upon arrival.
Leon survived concentration and labour camps. For the remainder of his life after the war in Britain he actively shared his story and challenged discrimination until his death in 2008. His testimony and life experiences feature in the UCL Holocaust Education Centre’s training and materials for teachers. www.holocausteducation.org.uk