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Karn, Alexander – History Teacher, 2012
Most teachers hope to make a difference in the lives of their students, but whether they accomplish this with any regularity is often left unclear. With a topic like the Holocaust, the stakes are greatly raised. In this essay, the author discusses the place of the Holocaust in the liberal arts. He argues that the content of Holocaust education…
Descriptors: Jews, Historians, Liberal Arts, Epistemology
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Pagaard, Stephen – History Teacher, 2005
Students immediately think they understand this aspect of the Hitler regime, one in which the "Fuehrer" "says," or dictates, and his minions follow. Their usual view of Hitler assumes a tireless leader who works around the clock to supervise--through the secret state police (Gestapo) and other institution--every detail of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historians, Authoritarianism, Police
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Diehl, James M. – History Teacher, 1989
Analyzes how Germans viewed defeat after the two world wars, and how these perceptions influenced subsequent political developments. Compares questions of guilt and responsibility following the two wars. Examines the growth of democracy, its defeat after World War I, and success after World War II. Discusses the influences of the occupation…
Descriptors: Democracy, European History, History, International Crimes
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Langdon, John W. – History Teacher, 1986
Examines studies of Fritz Fischer's works (1961 and 1969) concerning Germany's responsibility for World War I and the influence of this work upon later interpretations. Presents an integrated interpretation of the causes of the war based upon recent research findings. (RKM)
Descriptors: European History, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Historiography