Presentation on theme: "Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust. Why Teach Holocaust History One of the most effective, and most extensively documented subjects for a pedagogical."— Presentation transcript:
Why Teach Holocaust History One of the most effective, and most extensively documented subjects for a pedagogical examination of basic moral issues
Rationale should fit your class Why should students learn this history? What are the most significant lessons to be learned? Why is a particular resource appropriate? What is the focus of your curriculum?
What can students learn? Responsible Citizenship Appreciation for democracy Silence and indifference can perpetuate problems. History doesnt just happen. It occurs because individuals, organizations, and governments made choices.
Ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping.
Define the term Holocaust The state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims– 6 million were murdered; Gypsies, handicapped, Jehovahs Witnesses, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, and homosexuals also suffered grievous oppression and death.
Avoid Stereotypical Descriptions All experiences of Jews were not the same. All Germans were not Nazis. Although groups can share common experiences, generalization tend to stereotype group behavior.
Do not romanticize to engage students interest The number of non-Jews who helped rescue Jews in a small fraction of the population. Give a balanced perspective. Do not use the worst aspects of human nature to hook your students, they will become desensitized.