Importance Of Holocaust Education: Combating Denia

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“…And You Shall Teach Your Children”: Holocaust Denial and The Importance of Education The Holocaust illustrates how silence and indifference to the suffering of others, can however unintentionally, serve to perpetuate the problem. It is an unparalleled event in history that brings to life the horrors of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism, as well as the capacity for human evil. The Nazis were the original deniers of the Holocaust. Though, at the beginning they documented every killing and every policy, this was all done in secret and via code words (united states holocaust museum). Once it became clear that they were not going to win the war they made it their very mission to destroy every piece of evidence and documentation that called for the extermination of the Jewish people. The Holocaust denial movement began in the Western world following the Nuremberg Trials. Holocaust denial is an attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. “It depicts a picture by which Jews conspired to create a hoax, the greatest fabrication of all time. Adolf Hitler did not plan genocide for the Jews but wished instead to move them out of Europe” (Cohen- Almagor, 2008, 216). When Holocaust deniers enter the classroom as educators, students are indoctrinated with false history thus creating a prejudice and bigoted generation who will continue to preach hate. Rather, if students learn about the attempted annihilation of European Jewry, it allows them to appreciate and understand where racism can lead if left unchecked. Without a sensitive and unique Holocaust education, denial might be the only interpretation of history presented to students, thus propagating a hateful and racist society. History’s most extreme example of anti- Semitism, the Holocaust, was the state sponsored bureaucratic systematic persecution and annihilation of

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