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ERIC Number: EJ1003793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The World War II Era and Human Rights Education
Waters, Stewart; Russell, William B., III
Social Education, v76 n6 p301-305 Nov-Dec 2012
International revulsion at the violation of human rights during World War II helped spark a global movement to define and protect individual human rights. Starting with the creation of war crimes tribunals after the war, this newfound awareness stimulated a concerted international effort to establish human rights for all, both in periods of war and peace. These endeavors resulted in a historic milestone when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The effects of World War II on international understanding and protection of human rights have been far-reaching, yet this dimension of World War II is often neglected or marginalized in the classroom. The atrocities of the period are sometimes taught only as events that happened during the war, without an evaluation of their long-term effects on the world's conception of human rights. The purpose of this article is to provide teachers with an approach to integrating the teaching of human rights and their violation into the world history curriculum through a historical analysis of events during the World War II era. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Language: English
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