This collection of fourteen essays by renowned scholars in the field of Holocaust studies seeks to reflect on the experience of teaching and researching this complicated and emotional topic. Contained within are the pioneering stories of those presently engaged in the work of Holocaust education. Separately, they represent a variety of disciplines and orientations. Collectively, they give evidence of the strong commitment to continue this important work, and the moral and ethical demands such teaching, writing, and research place upon all who engage in it. Different perspectives from historical, philosophical, and religious frameworks come together to create a unique contribution to the literature on the Holocaust. Educators discuss what they teach, their methodologies and theoretical orientations and reflect on their own journeys that brought them to this field. The unique nature of these stories bring needed background to the field of Holocaust studies and also serve to inspire others to enlarge their thinking and understanding of previous work on this topic.
The stories of these committed Holocaust educators will serve to inspire a new generation of thinkers, writers, and activists to engage in such work. In reading their stories, their collective commitment to make a difference today and tomorrow shines through. This volume will be a valuable resource for courses in the Holocaust, contemporary post-Holocaust realities, as well as courses in genocide. Scholars and anyone with an interest in enriching their understanding of the Holocaust will find much within to inspire them and provoke new ideas.
SAMUEL TOTTEN is a Professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. PAUL R. BARTROP is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and a faculty member at Bialik College, Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches courses in Comparative Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, Modern History and International Studies. STEVEN LEONARD JACOBS holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama.
Foreword by Hubert Locke Introduction by Samuel Totten, Steven Leonard Jacobs, and Paul R. Bartrop A Little More Understanding: The Experience of Holocaust Educator in Australia by Paul R. Bartrop Emerging from the Shadow by Franklin Bialystok Writing and Teaching Holocaust History: A Personal Perspective by Christopher R. Browning What Are the Results? Reflections on Working in Holocaust Education by Stephen C. Feinstein Teaching Shoah Matters: A Personal Memoir by Zev Gerber Reflections of a Holocaust Scholar/Philosopher by Leonard Grob So They Care and Remember by Aaron Hass Reflections on a Decade of Teaching the Holocaust by Stephen R. Haynes Teaching the Holocaust: A Mission by Nili Keren Seeking the Fire in the Ashes: A Journey into the Holocaust by David Patterson The Past is not Dead: Memories, Reflections, and Perspectives by Hanna-Fred Rathenow Looking Back in Anger: Antiracist Education and the Holocaust by Geoffrey Short The Heft of Useful Things: The Hard Work of Holocaust Theatre by Robert Skloot Personal, Educational, and Research Encounters by Nechama Tec Selected Bibliography of Contributors' Works Notes on Contributors