History Teaching

"Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century" – project results

Three resources are available concerning the Holocaust

  • a publication

Teaching about the Holocaust in the 21st century

Given the rise of anti-Semitism in part of Europe, the accessibility of "denial" Internet sites and the isolationist stand taken by certain European political leaders, Holocaust teaching was given a prominent place in the project. The European ministers of education have also decided to institute in schools a Holocaust day of Remembrance, reflecting each state's particular experience. Although some countries have high standards for Holocaust teaching, others are lacking in material. Teachers often do not have in depth knowledge of the subject and, unless they are in a position to carry out personal research, do not know how to approach a topic much too vast to be categorised simply as "history".

This teaching resource, based on the work of such widely recognised authors as Raul Hilberg, Sir Martin Gilbert, Saul Friedlander and Christopher Browning, plus first-hand accounts, including those of Primo Levi, Hermann Langbein and Claude Lanzmann's interviewees, offers teachers a body of knowledge for use in course planning. In addition, the author brings to the forefront facts and figures on victims often "overlooked", Roma/Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses. Included is a certain amount of material about the nature and implementation of the genocide in different countries. Beyond any specific local characteristics, what emerges from the succinct descriptions of how and where this genocide was carried out is the comprehensiveness of the nazi enterprise.

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  • Two seminar reports

Teaching about the Holocaust and the history of genocide in the 21st century
In-Service Training Programme for Educational Staff
Donaueschingen, Germany, 6-10 November 2000

"Teaching about the Holocaust"
European Seminar for Educational Staff
Vilnius, Lithuania, 1-6 April 2000