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August 3, 2017

Should Harry Potter be used to teach children about the Holocaust?

Filed under: Holocaust, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 11:02 am

You can read about Harry Potter and the Holocaust in this news article: http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/02/scholars-want-to-use-harry-potter-to-teach-kids-about-the-holocaust/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Religious scholars recommended that teachers use the “Harry Potter” book series to help children understand the Holocaust in a Monday book review.

Brigid Coggin, teacher of Holocaust presentations, and Vanessa Zoltan, research assistant at Harvard Divinity School, made their suggestion in an article for Tablet Magazine. The authors lauded the youth fantasy series as a capable allegory for certain elements of the Holocaust that children may not initially understand, given their limited frames of reference.

“The combination of the fantastical and the specific horrors meet children where they are to help them understand the insanity of oppression and the reality of trauma,” the article reads.

The authors suggested that a blind, beaten dragon forced to guard a bank vault could serve as an allegory for Kapos, prisoners in concentration camps forced to work as supervisors. The torture of Hermoine at the hands of the Death Eaters, according to Coggin and Zoltan, could help children understand suffering. The authors used various other examples of evil and suffering from the books to suggest that Harry Potter could offer a theodicy, an explanation for evil in life, to young students.

Coggin and Zoltan ultimately claimed that the titular character’s reliance on the past for the courage to face evil would be valuable in teaching youth about the Holocaust.

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Sorry, but I think that this is the worst idea that I have ever heard of. This would trivialize the Holocaust in a way that has never been done before.

 

 

8 Comments »

  1. Furtherglory asked: “Should Harry Potter be used to teach children about the Holocaust?”

    Of course. The Holohoax obviously belongs in the magic world of Harry Potter.

    I do not see a place more suitable for Van Pelt’s column than “Harry Potter: The exhibition.” 😉

    And Dumbledore’s help would even be absolutely essential if his nice handicraft Holo-artifact was to be actually installed in a faithful reproduction of an alleged Nazi gas chamber.

    Comment by hermie — August 3, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

  2. Try stopping them if they decide to do that.

    Comment by eah — August 3, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

  3. The kapos were mostly Jews so that should be a great story to tell.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — August 3, 2017 @ 11:58 am

    • “The kapos were mostly Jews so that should be a great story to tell.”

      No they weren’t, Jim. You realize the Kapo system originated in the 1930’s before there were large numbers of Jews in the concentration camps, right?

      Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — August 3, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

      • Even if a few were Jews wouldn’t that be a disgrace. I honestly feel most were but that’s just my opinion I’m sure the Jews are going to water it down so it doesn’t make him look bad.
        This is not something they would want to spread around.

        http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/kapos

        JR

        Comment by Jim Rizoli — August 3, 2017 @ 12:19 pm

        • “Even if a few were Jews wouldn’t that be a disgrace.”

          No, it would not. They were hardly there because they wanted to be.
          If possible the SS preferred Germans, either Social Democrats or Communists.

          “I honestly feel most were but that’s just my opinion.”

          Well, you are certainly welcome to your opinion but it’s wrong.

          “I’m sure the Jews are going to water it down so it doesn’t make him look bad.
          This is not something they would want to spread around.”

          It’s hardly a secret.

          Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — August 3, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

  4. I have to disagree . This is an Einstein idea. Use HP to teach about the holo. I mean they’re both fantasy.

    Comment by Tim — August 3, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    • Both have the same motto: “Bypassing the laws of physics is no problem.” 😉

      Comment by hermie — August 3, 2017 @ 6:05 pm


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