Teaching the Holocaust in the Global 21st Century

Polish children in Christian primary school wearing costumes, before WWII

Polish children in Christian primary school wearing costumes, before WWII

As Germany welcomes new immigrants, teachers struggle to show these students that Germany’s story belongs to everyone, no matter their background. Israel-born teacher Aya Zarfati, who teaches and studies in Germany, describes her experience:

“Particularly in Berlin, every fourth pupil comes from a non-German background,” Zarfati says. When one seeks to answer the question of what the Germans learn about the Holocaust in 2014, one must first ask: Who are the Germans? “It changes their perspective on history,” she says, referring to pupils from immigrant families who study the Holocaust. “If you give these pupils the feeling that the place where they come from and their history are also important, they will usually be outstanding in the way they participate in the lectures and the tours, and in the questions they ask.” Read more.