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ERIC Number: ED536102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-4
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Teaching the Holocaust in the Republic of Germany
Ellis, Marsha
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The purpose of this paper is to observe the approaches used by educators to facilitate learning about the Holocaust. The examples provided in this paper are one of various approaches that are used by educators teaching in the Federal Republic of Germany. Approaches will be different from country to country, from school to school, and from educator to educator. The paper provides the reader insight on the methods that are being used by the educators of The Federal Republic of Germany to promote the importance of learning and teaching the Holocaust with the use of the arts, literature, music, poetry, history and interviews. This paper will attempt to show the importance of stressing the need for self-evaluation of teaching efforts by all educators. The paper shares with the reader how the role and responsibility of the educator is to teach the learners, through various methods, how to reflect upon and raise questions as to why the Holocaust occurred and how learning about these events could affect the direction of their lives and society. The roles and responsibility of the learners will be discussed to show how the use of reflection and critical thinking about the events can raise questions and provoke discussions on how they may apply the knowledge to the world today in order to prevent a re-occurrence of history. Each topic will attempt to address how learning is facilitated with the use of art, music, literature, history, politics, and education and using the knowledge of the events that occurred in the Holocaust with the use of interviews of the victims/survivors who own it. "The story of the Holocaust is first and foremost a human story. Any discussion of its victims, its perpetrators or those who stood by and watched must attempt to understand the human being involved. The encounter between students and the people who were present in the events of the Holocaust--their daily lives and reality--must serve as the foundation for meaningful educational work." (
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany