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2 April 2018

Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings

The announcement of new books and educational resources is welcome any time of year - but during April is perfect!

Although it is just April, it seems like the perfect time to check out new resources and publications to add to your summer reading list. Routledge’s Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings is a book that you’ll want to read as soon as it is released in June 2018. Some time ago I was asked to contribute to this project and can attest to the rigorous academic process that editor Andy Pearce undertook to ensure that the publication is not only relevant but that it demonstrates some of the “next practices” for educating about the Holocaust in diverse educational settings.

Noted British educator and author Andy Pearce, UCL Institute of Education, has assembled a group of international experts who delve into the relationship between classroom education and the Holocaust. Not only do they provide examples of what constitutes best practices, but they also offer new directions for Holocaust education. At 296 pages, the book is ideal for summer reading while offering complex and nuanced understandings on contemporary issues of education.

Divided into two sections, the first section deals exclusively with issues, approaches and spaces. The second section offers readers a series of informed viewpoints on national perspectives, contexts and case studies. At the core of the essays is the how the Holocaust can be introduced, remembered and taught in educational settings. Reviewing the contents shows just how international and multifaceted the world of Holocaust studies and education has become.Contributors come from both sides of the Atlantic, including the Australia, Canada,Germany,  Israel, Poland, South Africa,  the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Perhaps an indication of how globalized and yet integrated education about the Holocaust truly is, this section features a chapter by Dr. Wolf Kaiser, a senior staff member of the Education Department at the House of the Wannsee Conference titled “Memories of survivors in Holocaust education” while I my own contribution focuses on the the narratives of descendants of Nazi perpetrators. Titled “Väterliteratur: Remembering, writing, and reconciling the familial past” I explore learning opportunities offered by texts of Väterliteratur.

In the second part of the book, contributors explore a wide range of case studies involving Holocaust education and remembrance interact. Here again, the international perspectives provide this book with a wealth of expertise and insight.

Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings will make for thoughtful summer reader for all students, scholars researchers, and educators who deal Holocaust education and remembrance. Tali Nates offers readers her unique insights into educating about the Holocaust in South Africa in a chapter titled “The Presence of the Past: Creating a new Holocaust & Genocide Centre of Education and Memory in post-Apartheid South Africa” while Tony Joel, Donna-Lee Frieze & Mathew Turner’s chapter “Educational bridges to the intangible: An Australian perspective to teaching and learning about the Holocaust” demonstrates the truly globalized state of Holocaust education.

Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings is an ideal read for all students, scholars and educators involved in the field of Holocaust Studies and education.

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Carson Phillips

Written byCarson Phillips

Carson Phillips holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from York University, Toronto, Canada and is Managing Director of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. He served as a Canadian delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance from 2009-2014 and currently continues as an advisor to the Funding Review Committee. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College, USA.

He is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards including the 2013 BMW Canada Award for Excellence from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. His research interests focus on post-Holocaust conceptualisations of gender, Väterliteratur and cultural representations of the Holocaust in screen and visual culture.