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Overview

The Holocaust stands as a focal event in modern Western history. With a vast array of literature, film, and historical work dedicated to the subject, it is increasingly difficult for educators to sift through the materials available and incorporate them into their curricula.

New Perspectives on the Holocaust offers guidance to those in the teaching professions confronting issues raised by the Holocaust. Authors, all actively involved in teaching about the Holocaust, reflect on a range of fundamental questions. Some offer guidance in selecting materials; others examine factors that determine the success or failure of Holocaust curricula; and still others essays examine questions of how much we can know about the Holocaust, investigating specifically the phenomenon of Holocaust denial. Providing a wealth of guidance for engaging students in a wide range of disciplines, from literature to history to geography to Jewish and Christian theology, and including contributions by such well-known scholars as Steven Katz, William Seidelman, Richard Breitman, John Pawlikowski, and Carole Fink, this volume is essential reading for all those in the teaching professions who grapple with the Holocaust.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814755402
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Rochelle L. Millen is Associate Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword
1 Two Kinds of Uniqueness: The Universal Aspects of the Holocaust 6
2 Children in Auschwitz and the Gulag: Alternative Realities 19
3 Prelude to the Holocaust? The Murder of Walter Rathenau 39
4 Anti-Semitism in the Tradition of German Discourse: The Path to the Holocaust 57
5 Secrecy and the Final Solution 70
6 Searching for the Educational Imperative in Holocaust Curricula 99
7 Americanizing the Holocaust: Beyond the Limit of the Universal 122
8 Teaching the Holocaust: The Case for an Interdisciplinary Approach 131
9 Holocaust: Transcendent Case Study for the Social Sciences 141
10 Teaching the Holocaust through Literature 147
11 Witness to the Holocaust: History from a First-Hand Perspective 159
12 Teaching about International Responses to News of the Holocaust: The Columbus Dispatch Project at Ohio State University 166
13 Teaching the Holocaust through Landscape Study 174
14 Holocaust Denial Literature: Its Place in Teaching the Holocaust 186
15 The Dead End of Demonizing: Dealing with the Perpetrators in Teaching the Holocaust 196
16 Teaching the Holocaust and Making It Relevant for Non-Jewish Students 212
17 Teaching the Holocaust: Helping Students Confront Their Own Biases 222
18 "A Madwoman and a Scavenger": The Toll of Holocaust Survival in Cynthia Ozick's "Rosa" 232
19 Truth and Lamentation: Two Modes of Literary Response to the Holocaust 242
20 Pitfalls of Memory: Israeli-German Dialogues on the Shoah 265
21 Education after Auschwitz: Teaching the Holocaust in Germany 275
22 Post-Shoah Jewish Theology: Identifying the Categories 287
23 Christianity, Anti-Semitism, and Post-Holocaust Theology: Old Questions, Changing Paradigms 294
24 Power, Responsibility, and Abuse in Medicine: Lessons from Germany 319
25 The Holocaust: Its Impact on Christian Thought and Ethics 344
Index 363
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