Holocaust education: Global forces shaping curricula integration and implementation

Bryan L. Davis, Eliane Rubinstein-Avila

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Abstract

The article provides a critical review of the global scholarship on Holocaust education (HE). Despite the growing body of work on this topic, a search through major academic databases by the authors revealed that no such review of the research literature has been published as of yet. The review focuses on three main themes across the research literature: (1) the emergence of HE in (national) school curricula; (2) the relationship between Holocaust memorialization and education; and (3) the potential of HE for teaching about xenophobia, racism, and human rights more broadly. Moreover, the authors offer a rhizomatic framework for consideration, and expand on the numerous factors that have complicated the emergence and integration of HE into school curricula globally: (a) involvement and role of nations with the Holocaust; (b) forms of governance in the years following the Holocaust; (c) societal desire to 'forget' the horrors of war and return to the routine of normalcy; (d) particular nations' history of anti-Semitism; and (e) pedagogical tension around rationale for teaching about the Holocaust. The article also discusses more recent political considerations, such as a nation's relationship with the State of Israel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-166
Number of pages18
JournalIntercultural Education
Volume24
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • Holocaust education
  • human rights education
  • intercultural education
  • memorialization
  • xenophobia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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