ERIC Number: ED230226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Holocaust at a Two-Year Public College.
An approach to teaching the Holocaust is described in this report, based on the curriculum of an introductory class on the Holocaust offered at Los Angeles Valley College. First, the purposes of the course are outlined, e.g., to analyze the meaning and implications of the Holocaust, to examine responses from different perspectives, and to evaluate the potential for it to happen again. Next, the course objectives are presented including the development of an awareness of the nature of prejudice, an understanding of the motives of the perpetrators, and a perception of its results for Jewish communities and in terms of later political developments. Following a presentation of the course methods, which consisted of an analysis of the historical evidence, group discussions, and written evaluations, observations on the emphases and approaches which may be taken to teaching the Holocaust are provided. Next, the course outline identifies topics covered, including a definition of the subject; understanding anti-Semitism; and responses to the Holocaust from biblical, rabbinic, mystical, traditionalist, humanist, hassidic, literary, Christian, American Jewish, and Israeli perspectives. Finally, information is provided on written assignments for the course, which included a book review, novel, biography, article review, journal, role playing/problem solving, or a synthesizing project. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Spring American Academy of Religion Western Regional Conference (Fullerton, CA, April 7, 1983).