ERIC Number: EJ1152105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Teaching the Holocaust as a Cautionary Tale
Marks, Melissa J.
Social Studies, v108 n4 p129-135 2017
Teaching about the Holocaust as an atrocity of the 1940s misleads students into thinking that it is a genocide occurred, that the world agreed "Never Again," and that the United Nations would prevent future genocides. With genocides in Rwanda, Srebrenica, and Syria occurring in the years since the Holocaust, teachers need to use the Holocaust as a vehicle for teaching about and preventing future genocides. Five main points need to be taught to students, all of which can be shown in the Holocaust and other genocides, specifically: (1) the meaning of genocide and problems surrounding its early identification; (2) the idea that governments are not always ethical or moral; (3) the effectiveness of propaganda; (4) dehumanization; and (5) using one's voice to stand up against injustice.
Descriptors: Death, Jews, Teaching Methods, Human Rights, History Instruction, Social Studies, European History
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