The Process of the Universalization of Holocaust Education: Problems and Challenges

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This article discusses the process of the universalization of Holocaust education and sets its conceptual and educational framework, highlighting its pedagogical challenges and hazards. It explores the phenomenon of the universalization of Holocaust education as a means to combat racism and to analyze how a particularistic educational issue has become the subject of global, universalistic concern. Through reviewing current literature, it argues that the complexity of this approach needs to be considered, particularly with the increasing violence and xenophobia in the world. Drawing on the paradigm of the Holocaust, this universal approach to anti-racist education to promote peace and harmony globally within civil society has been promoted as a way of countering prejudice. However, there are pitfalls to seeking universal lessons from a particularistic event. These challenges can be addressed to advance anti-racist education using the Holocaust as a case study and thus developing a reflective culture of remembrance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Jewry
Issue number1
Early online date7 Sep 2017
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

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  • Anti-racist education
  • Holocaust education
  • Particularism
  • Reflective culture of remembrance
  • Remembrance
  • Universalism


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