When I was in about second or third grade I asked my dad what the Holocaust was. I do not remember where I first heard the word “Holocaust,” but it seemed important and serious. I had just started religious school and we were on our way home. I am not sure what exactly he told […]Read more "Holocaust Awareness"
Young Adult Fiction and the Holocaust During class last week, as we discussed whether Art Spielgelman’s Maus would be appropriate for young audiences, my classmates and I came to the question of what age we first learned about the Holocaust. We all distinctly remembered that we knew about it by elementary school, but not a […]Read more "Wait, You Read that Too?: Young Adult Fiction and the Holocaust"
But, why didn’t they fight back? This is a question you hear many public school students ask when they visit Holocaust memorials and ,onuments. I remember when I stumbled across the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, MA. I was a sophomore in college, and I was fascinated with the memorial because I had just […]Read more "But Why Didn’t They Fight Back?"
After seeing Maus on the syllabus I wondered why it was there. I had read the story twice beforehand and appreciated it, but could not understand why we had been assigned a book mostly focused on European history. The Holocaust is very important, but what does it mean for a class on American history? Then […]Read more "Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust"
I first encountered “Maus I” years ago in the juvenile section of my local public library, having not read it but knowing the premise of the graphic novel. The book made me think about how I would educate my children about difficult topics in history. This question has again arisen as I have become a […]Read more "Softening the Blow – Maus, The Holocaust Museum, and the Representation of History"
We remember the Holocaust, in part, to ensure that it never happens again. But the dream of “never again” has yet to become a reality. Even today, the Burmese government permits attacks on civilians, particularly those of ethnic minorities. In the Darfur region of Sudan, millions have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been […]Read more "Translating Memory into Action"
As a young child, my father told me that my grandfather served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II on Okinawa. He also told me that my grandfather was quiet about it, granted he did not see any action during his stay as an occupying force on the island. So, I […]Read more "As Firsthand Memories Fade, the Guilt Remains"
I didn’t live through the Holocaust. I haven’t experienced human rights atrocities. Therefore, I’ll never fully comprehend the inhumanity suffered under Hitler’s regime. But I must try. As long as we value the sanctity of human life, each of us has a responsibility to ensure that the Holocaust and its victims are not forgotten. This […]Read more "Replaying Horrors with Cartoons and Toys"