Epistemology and Holocaust education: History, memory and the politics of knowledge

E. Doyle Stevick, Zehavit Gross

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Abstract

This article explores questions of the politics of knowledge and epistemology in relation to Holocaust education. It argues that, since knowledge is not neutral, we must be attentive to the role of ideologies in the selection and presentation of knowledge concerning the Holocaust in textbooks, in teaching, and in the media. The construction of knowledge about the Holocaust in classrooms is a relational process of meaning-making in which the cultures, perspectives and experiences of all involved come into play. For these reasons, the authors argue, Holocaust education should be considered in light of other fundamental questions, including the relationship of history, memory and identity in order to understand its actual and potential role in fostering democratic citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-200
Number of pages12
JournalProspects
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Epistemology
  • History
  • Holocaust education

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