Weʼre raising £15,000 to take the play 'Kindness' into as many schools as possible, educating children about the Holocaust on behalf of survivor Susan Pollack MBE.
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"I hope this play will provide a permanent record. It stands as a warning sign not just against antisemitism but against any form of racism. It is most wonderful and I give you my legacy most willingly. Thank you so much."
Susan Pollack MBE
Voices of the Holocaust was founded on an idea; a belief that, in the post survivor era, theatre could be the surrogate human voice for those no longer able to testify to the failings of humanity and to the courage and strength of the human spirit in the face of that inhumanity. It is founded on deep and grounded pedagogy, supported and endorsed by experts around the world and developed by a team of determinedly committed individuals who are passionate about the importance of this work.
‘Kindness’ was written by two of the UK’s leading practitioners in their field; Cate Hollis (Artistic Director of the only specialist Holocaust theatre in education company in Europe) and Mark Wheeller (the country’s leading verbatim theatre in education playwright). Together they have worked with the testimony of Hungarian survivor Susan Pollack MBE and created a legacy that can teach on Susan’s behalf in schools and communities for many years to come in the hope that the voices of the Holocaust will never be forgotten, but learnt from; to remind us the importance of living in our societies with compassion and kindness as well as teaching essential understandings about the history of the Holocaust.
Kindness is a beautiful, powerful, emotionally moving and profoundly thoughtful play that can have a huge impact in schools. It is accompanied with a full education pack and The Mitzvah (acts of kindness) Project to fully engage young people as survivors are, increasingly unable to testify in person. The play acts as the surrogate human voice and the accompanying projects provide rich and diverse programme for students.
“There is a big discussion about the ethics of making the Holocaust into art, a thing of beauty. Theatre in education company Voices of the Holocaust shows how it can be done; not simply as entertainment but as historically researched, no holds barred reflections. You cannot attend without thinking deeply about the Holocaust and what it is to be human.”
Darius Jackson, Centre for Holocaust Education, University of London
Please give generously so we can reach more young people with this vital education programme.
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Cate left 15 years of classroom teaching to found Voices of the Holocaust after years of postgraduate study in Holocaust and Drama education, history and human rights. She has been nominated for a number of awards including Pride of Britain and Woman of the Year.