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Missed Educational Opportunities in Holocaust Literature

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25.09.2021

The results of recent surveys by the Claims Conference and other organizations confirm the painful realization of how few younger people know anything about the Holocaust including what the word Auschwitz represents.

In my recent research in connection with Holocaust and antisemitism projects I have come to a second realization:

Many writers of both fiction and nonfiction Holocaust literature miss opportunities to educate their readers on the historical facts.

This blog post is a call to action for all writers of WWII and Holocaust literature (as well as a call to action for the editors of these books and articles).

First, though, a brief explanation of context:

The book THE CULTURAL MAP by Erin Meyer describes various issues when communicating across cultures. One major issue is the amount of background context needed by different cultures to understand a subject. We cannot expect others to know what we know!

(Formal definition of context: the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.)

The same concept........

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