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Bearing Witness: Teaching About the Holocaust


reviewed by Moshe Sokolow — 2003

coverTitle: Bearing Witness: Teaching About the Holocaust
Author(s): Beth Aviv Greenbaum
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0867095105, Pages: 172, Year: 2001
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The Brooklyn neighborhood in which I was born and raised shortly after World War II had a very high percentage of Holocaust survivors and their families. In spite of that, I was able to attend Orthodox Jewish day schools through 12th grade and graduate from Yeshiva College without taking a course on Holocaust studies, observing a Holocaust remembrance day, or participating in a Holocaust commemoration. I was neither ignorant nor insensitive; such things just didn’t exist.   The Holocaust was not something the survivors of my acquaintance dwelt on; it was something they had put behind them. Instead of building museums, they rebuilt the communal institutions and social structures that had served them so ably in pre-war Europe. Boro Park could not boast of even a single Holocaust memorial (it still cannot), but it became replete with heders, yeshivas, shuls, shtibels and mikvahs. The first language of most of its Jewish inhabitants—many, second generation Americans—remains Yiddish.   As an educator, I had even developed a certain antipathy towards Yom haShoah... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 599-601
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11046, Date Accessed: 11/27/2014 3:07:31 AM

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