Essay on Holocaust : The Holocaust And Holocaust

926 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
In Elie Wiesel’s address to the German Bundestage on Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2000 he says, “I am not sure that I have the answer to the Holocaust, but surerly education is major component of that answer. So emphasize education so that the children who want to know, are able to know,” (Wiesel, 23). Fifteen years since Wiesel’s address, Germany continues to see the importance of Holocaust education, and more recently have increasingly recognized the need for improvements as problems of ignorance, xenophobia, and violence have become more prevalent in German society. Alarming studies of German adolescents like that of Silbermann and Stofferes (2000) concluded that young people’s knowledge about NS “approaches zero”. Although this study was later scrutinized and analyzed to show that in reality only 4.3% of the small sample didn’t know significance of Auschwitz, the study did resonate with public and made Germans question what the quality of Holocaust education the new generation was receiving (Meseth and Proske, 203). Even more recently, in May of 2014, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizere addressed a conference in Berlin at which he said that anti-Semitic hate crimes were up by 25% (Kern). With an increase in neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism amongst young people many are now critically analyzing how the Holocaust is taught in schools and to what extent moral education can be conveyed through Holocaust education. To best understand Holocaust education in today’s Germany…

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