A talk by Dr Michael Gray


The Holocaust is rightly considered to be one of the most significant and important phenomena in modern history.  It is depicted in films, literature, art and music; it is seen as the epitome of evil and challenges ethical, sociological and historical paradigms.  In this talk, Dr Michael Gray explores some of the foundational themes such as how we define the Holocaust, the framing of the Holocaust within western consciousness and its representation in contemporary society.  The talk will also explore the Holocaust within a wider context of genocide more generally.

This special talk accompanies Phil Whiting's exhibition 'Places of Mourning in the Western World' which explores similar challenging themes. The exhibition will be on display in the North Transept from Thursday 20 October - Wednesday 16 November. 


Dr Michael Gray is Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.  He was previously Director of Studies at Harrow School in London.  Michael holds a first class degree in History from King’s College London and the Associateship of the College.  In 2014 he completed his PhD in Holocaust Education at the UCL Institute of Education from where he also acquired his PGCE and MA.  Michael has spoken around the world on the Holocaust, post-1945 genocides, and the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  In addition to a number of academic journal articles, he has published two books: Contemporary Debates in Holocaust Education (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and Teaching the Holocaust: Practical Approaches for Ages 11-18 (Routledge, 2015).   

Join Michael for this talk in the South Transept, inside the cathedral, at 7pm on Thursday 3 November. The talk will last around 40 minutes, with time for a Q&A at the end. 

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased below.

If you are unable to book online, or would like more information on this event or about accessibility, please contact [email protected]  or call 01432 374 251

We are looking forward to welcoming people to the cathedral this winter. Please make sure to dress warmly as it can get cold in the winter months. 

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