The Holocaust is a controversial and difficult teaching topic that needs to be approached sensitively and with an awareness of the complex and emotive issues involved. This book offers pragmatic pedagogical and classroom-based guidance for teachers and trainee teachers on how to intelligently teach holocaust education in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. Key coverage includes: • Practical approaches and useful resources for teaching in schools • Holocaust education and citizenship • Holocaust remembrance as an educational opportunity • How to explore the topic of anti-semitism in the classroom • Exploring international perspectives on holocaust education

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


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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