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The Nature of Holocaust Education
The Nature of Holocaust Education
Learning Objectives
  • To justify school-based Holocaust Education
  • To clarify the meaning of genocide
  • To demonstrate the difficulties in defining Holocaust Education that arise from countries’ contrasting experiences
  • To provide authors’ definitions of Holocaust Education
  • To define controversial issues and explain the controversial nature of the Holocaust
Rationale

There are many reasons why the Holocaust should be a core feature in a school programme. Firstly, it demonstrates how unprecedented crimes, unspeakable acts of cruelty towards Jews, Roma and Sinti, the disabled and many other ethnic and minority groups, were committed as ‘normal’ routine. Hannah Arendt referred to this behaviour, executed by ordinary, civilised and educated individuals and not deranged fanatics or monsters, individuals who did not think about or reflect on their actions, ...

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