For example, the Holocaust was a genocide, which could be connected with genocides more recently in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.1 Other real world problems could be taught along with the Holocaust, such as world hunger, climate change, and water scarcity. Another thing that could be taught along with the Holocaust is discrimination issues. There are and always will be issues with discrimination. Teaching the holocaust addresses the problems that discrimination creates, and allows for is to be taught with an event in history as an example. Lastly, it shows how countries are run can be connected to the Holocaust. Although the Nazi Party (NSDAP) was brutal and discriminate against Jews, they were a very organized party. Types of government and how countries are run could be taught.
Teaching past mistakes of humankind teaches the importance of history, so those same mistakes will not happen again. Studying history and mass atrocities helps terrible events occur due those unbeknownst. Explaining the Holocaust also teach a key lesson in life, which is learning from your mistakes. This life skill not only helps with small mistakes, but will pave the path that you will take in life. To not teach past events and say they never happened like former teacher Jim Keegstra is to say that mistakes are to be forgotten, not learnt