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 Complexities of Holocaust Remembrance

The Complexities of Holocaust Remembrance

The Complexities of Holocaust Remembrance

Learning Objectives

  • To explore the links between Holocaust Education, Citizenship Education and Holocaust remembrance and commemoration
  • To explore different forms of Holocaust remembrance
  • To identify competing perspectives on Holocaust commemoration

Remembrance, Memory and Commemoration

At one level, the word ‘remembrance’ is misleading as the act of remembering applies to those with living memory of a specific experience, and very soon there will not be a student or educator with personal experience of the Holocaust. This type of memory, also referred to as ‘primary memory’, contrasts with ‘secondary memory’, which arises from criticality of primary memory either by the person who has the living memory of the experience or by another person, such as an historian (LaCapra, 1998: 20). We consider ...

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