An article by Dan Fleshler in The Jewish Daily Forward with the headline “Does Education Fuel Anti-Semitism?” informs us that “a German study says Holocaust studies may increase hatred (of Jews).” The photo below of the Jewish memorial in Berlin accompanies the article.
Imagine having a 5-acre field of huge concrete blocks a few yards from the Capitol building in Washington, DC. The photo below shows a view of the German Reichstag behind the Jewish memorial in Berlin.
This quote is from the article in The Jewish Daily Forward:
Focusing on the Nazi era in Germany can make different ingredients in a pre-existing stew of anti-Semitism even more toxic. Exaggerated notions of Jewish power can prompt Germans to blame Jews for unwelcome messages about the Shoah. So says Anetta Kahane, founder of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, which funds and operates programs against neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism. “Some teachers think if they just describe the Holocaust it will help change the minds of students who have neo-Nazi and racist feelings. The opposite can happen. Students will say the Jews are preventing them from questioning the Holocaust in class; Jews who control the world media are not letting them talk about it.” What’s more, Kahane told me, “some teachers hold the same views. Teachers are ordinary Germans.”
Is the same thing happening in America? Are students in American schools hearing too much about the Holocaust in the classroom? Is the whole world suffering from Holocaust fatigue? Enough already! (more…)