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Teaching the Holocaust in Primary Schools
Teaching the Holocaust in Primary Schools
Learning Objectives
  • To explore the debate about teaching the Holocaust to primary students
  • To justify teaching the Holocaust to primary students
  • To discuss key pedagogical principles in teaching this age group
  • To identify suitable themes for primary students
Introduction

The Holocaust is taught in many European primary schools and is mandatory in primary and secondary schools in France (where it is called ‘the Shoah’). Yet, teaching the Holocaust in primary school is a contentious issue as there is no consensus as to the ‘best age’ at which to teach it (Supple, 1998: 18), or which aspects of the Holocaust are appropriate for primary students. Totten (1999) and Landau (2008) claim that the history of the Holocaust is too complex ...

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