In 2016, Time Magazine estimated that there are only 100,000 Holocaust survivors living today. As these remarkable individuals continue to die out, it is up to us to preserve their memory and make sure the atrocities they endured never happen again.
To help you do your part, I have detailed the 4 most common mistakes that even the best educators make while teaching Holocaust history (followed by an easy way to combat them!):
1. Neglecting to use firsthand accounts from survivors.
An audio-visual aid also does much more to engage young people than a history textbook can, and seeing first hand accounts often helps to ground the lesson in empathy and connection.
In fact, while most survivors tend to agree that the moment of liberation was filled with pure joy, they also acknowledge the sinking dread upon realizing they had no home to return to and likely no remaining family.
Survivors often help their communities in various ways because they know how horrific the world can be.
"I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead and anyone who does not remember betrays them again."
If you are looking for a new way to easily and effectively combat these four common issues,
After Auschwitz is an amazing teaching tool to have under your belt that will remediate these common pitfalls of Holocaust education.
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