The National Holocaust Museum has launched an expansive array of online learning videos and live events for schoolchildren at home during the coronavirus pandemic, letting them pose questions to survivors from their kitchen table.
Many survivors are in their 80s and 90s and live alone, so connecting with schoolchildren was “a mutually kind and enjoyable thing to do,” said organisers of the NHM #MuseumFromHome programme, which uses the Facebook Live platform.
“Oddly enough, in view of the subject-matter, it is designed to bring some real warmth and light to the coronavirus darkness,” said the museum.
Other activities this week include ‘Sing Me Awake’ at midday on Thursday 30 April, described as “a musical call to action in the final 24 hours of Genocide Awareness Month,” which features both an 87-year old Holocaust survivor and a 37-year old survivor of the genocide in Rwanda.
Another planned event is with Ruth Barnett, who came to the UK on the Kindertransport, due to take live questions after a short video, while the museum also said that it had an interactive learning app due at the end of May, based on its primary school focused exhibition ‘The Journey’.