The Holocaust in Our Educational System

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The Holocaust in Our Educational System

Why is it useful in today’s society to teach about the Holocaust?

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In the Holocaust…

11

million people were

killed in

a span of 12 years from 1933-

1945, of those killed

6 million were

Jews

.

T

he Nazis

targeted many different types of people such as gypsies, homosexuals, and disabled people. These people were sent to

one of six main concentration camps. They would work

hard

labor

then usually

die

from either starvation, harsh conditions, or execution in gas chambers

.

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The Holocaust was a devastating event for many people. what are the reasons and benefits for teaching about the Holocaust?

The Holocaust provides one of the most effective subjects for students to examine basic moral issues.The Holocaust helps teach students an understanding of racism and prejudice. The Holocaust is an example of what happens when people are impassive in the face of oppression and the dangers it can create by letting the problem accelerate.

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CONTINUIED…

The Holocaust helps students think about the

consequences

of the abuse of power and the neglect of an

individuals responsibilities.

The Holocaust teaches students that choices made by individual people and governments are what led to legalized prejudice and ultimately mass

murder.

The Holocaust helps student understand the importance of the

acceptance

of

diversity.

All of these things help students gain insight on how to recognize danger signals ,

h

ow to react to prevent genocide, and the importance of doing so. When we can do this an event like the Holocaust is less likely to occur again.

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WHAT ABOUT OTHER EVENTS IN HISTORY ?

The Holocaust is

definitely

not the only genocide in human history, and isn’t even very unusual. There are many other horrific events that have taken place.

Mao Zedong was a Chinese leader, that is responsible for around 64 million deaths of his own people (in contrast to the 11 million in the Holocaust) from the time period 1949-1976. About 30 million were from starvation and about 30 million were from the revolution where people were captured, tortured, and killed.

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ANOTHER EXAMPLE…

In

Russia, Joseph Stalin killed about 23-60 million of his own people in World

W

ar II (the same time period as the Holocaust), they died from either being sent to labor camps or being executed for ill political reasons.

These 2 examples prove that the Holocaust isn’t the most impressive event when it comes to numbers. There are other events where millions were killed because of religion, ethnic group, and/or

an over powering government’s punishments. Some were killed in camps, and mostly by technologies developed for mass murder. Although the events have a lot in common, there is something the Holocaust has that sets it apart from the others.

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WHY NOT OTHER EVENTS?

There are nearly 7 million people in the U.S. that are Jewish, that

s 2% of all the people in America today.

T

here are nearly 300,000 Jewish people in Illinois, that

s 2% also. The amount of Jews in American has increased a few million from the beginning of the Holocaust in 1927 to the end of the war, to now. It is important to the Jewish community to teach about the Holocaust because it is their history and they want it to be remembered.

Although, the Chinese community in America might want the Mao Zedong genocide to be remembered as well. Though there is only around 3 million Chinese in the U.S., that

s less than 1%.

The history of the Chinese is not at all less important than the Jewish history

.

Though the factor that the Jewish population is greater than the Chinese population along with fact we were more involved with the Holocaust plays a big role in why we teach it and not others.

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WE SHOULD DO BOTH

Teaching about the Holocaust has a lot of benefits, but so does teaching about other major events. Population and involvement plays a role on what is taught in the curriculum. We can not teach about everything that plays a role in history. I believe we should learn about more of these events in school, because they all have an significant role in history and they have an importance to the different people that live in the United States.

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THANK YOU FOR WATCHING

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Alexis Clay’s Presentation

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SITE PAGE

www.ushmm.org

www.justontop.blogspot.com

www.un.org

www.history1900s.about.com

www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

www.teachingresources.atlas.uiuc.edu

www.migrationinformation.org


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