Holocaust-Education Revisted
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Currently, the unmistakable loss of prestige and trust of the political parties and party politicians and the decline of organized participation are turning into doubts about the legitimacy of democracy as a form of rule. The "political disenchantment" becomes a "systemic doubt. The citizens come to the conclusion that democracy itself no longer has the competence to develop effective and sustainable solutions to central, pressing or problematic social issues. Nationalist forces make use of this development, and their argumentation often refers to historical events of the Nazi era. It is not uncommon for history to become a supplier of xenophobic statements that are accompanied by a distortion of historical events. It is important to remember historical events and to draw conclusions from them for contemporary life - precisely because the events took place more than 70 years ago.
Educational institutions - schools and universities - have a decisive role to play; they must discuss critically with young people, provide them with multi-perspective access to historical events such as the Holocaust, and encourage them in differentiated attitudes. In recent years, Holocaust survivors have made a significant contribution to this task, telling about their personal fate in schools. This commitment will now come to an end in the foreseeable future.
This project responds to these challenges: The testimonies of Holocaust survivors are prepared in such a way that they can be used sustainably for learning processes.