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Teaching the Holocaust in School History Teachers or Preachers?

by Lucy Russell

Teaching the Holocaust in School History Teachers or Preachers? Synopsis

If we expose students to a study of human suffering, we have a responsibility to guide them through it. But, is this the role of school history? Is the rationale behind teaching the Holocaust primarily historical, moral or social? Is the Holocaust to be taught as a historical event, with a view to developing students' critical historical skills, or as a tool to combat continuing prejudice and discrimination? These profound questions lie at the heart of Lucy Russell's fascinating analysis of teaching the Holocaust in school history. She considers how the topic of the Holocaust is currently being taught in schools in the UK and overseas. Drawing on interviews with educationalists, academics and teachers, she discovers that there is, in fact, a surprising lack of consensus regarding the purpose of, and approaches to, teaching the Holocaust in history. Indeed the majority view is distinctly non-historical; there is a tendency to teach the Holocaust from a social and moral perspective and not as history. This book attempts to explain and debate this phenomenon.

Teaching the Holocaust in School History Teachers or Preachers? Press Reviews

Mention -Book News, February 2009 Title mentioned by author, Lucy Russell, in an article in The Independent [Postgraduate], Thursday 14th February 2008. Mention --Book News, February 2009 Mention Book News, February 2009

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826499073
Publication date: 1st June 2008
Author: Lucy Russell
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Teaching of a specific subject, Teaching skills & techniques, Secondary schools, European history,

About Lucy Russell

Dr Lucy Russell lectures on the Primary PGCE and BA Ed courses at Goldsmiths College, University College London. Prior to that she was a History teacher in a Secondary School in Kent. She regularly writes for the TES.

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