PDF - Teaching about the Holocaust in the 21st century (2001)
Given the rise of anti-Semitism in parts of Europe, the accessibility of "denial" Internet sites and the isolationist stand taken by certain European political leaders today, Holocaust teaching was given an important place in Council of Europe's project.
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 pack, 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 pack 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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