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Shedding Light on the Darkness: A Guide to Teaching the Holocaust

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Volume 6

Modern German Studies

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Shedding Light on the Darkness

A Guide to Teaching the Holocaust

Edited by Nancy A. Lauckner and Miriam Jokiniemi†

224 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-208-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2000)

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"Teaching the Holocaust has become and urgent issue in liberal arts education ... [and] the editors of [this book] assumed this responsibility with dedication, steadfastness, and courage ... The construciton of the book offers a variety of models useful to instructors from all fields of humanities and social sciences ... The essays [are] fascinating. The authors share clearly and succintly ... and with remarkable objectivity and openess, their experiences ... The editors should be commended for the clear and comprehensible introduction ... as well as the meticulous bibliographies ... This book fulfills the promise in its title: it is a guide that shows a way to understand and communicate better the darkness of the Shoah."  · Monatshefte

"The volumes proves an immensely useful overview of different means and approaches, different assumptions and conclusions, from a broad range of highly articulate and qualified scholars ... all pieces are fully and impeccably documented."  · Scott Denham


Increasingly, German Studies programs include courses on the Holocaust, but suitable course materials are often difficult to find. Teachers in higher education will therefore very much welcome this volume that examines and reflects both the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching about the Holocaust. Though designed primarily by and for North American Germanists and German Studies specialists, this book will prove no less useful for teachers in other countries and associated disciplines. It presents and describes successful Holocaust-related courses that have been developed and taught at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, demonstrating the depth, breadth, and variety of such offerings, while remaining mindful of the instructor's special moral responsibilities. Reflecting as it does, the innovative Holocaust pedagogy in North American German and German Studies, this collection serves the needs of educators who wish to revise or update their existing Holocaust courses and of those who are seeking guidance, ideas, and resources to enable them to develop their first Holocaust course or unit.

Nancy A. Lauckner teaches and publishes on the Holocaust and its reflection in German, in particular East German, literature. She is Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Miriam Jokiniemi was an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at York University, Toronto. Her research interests focussed on the Holocaust in contemporary German literature, the literature of East Germany, and the literature and culture of Berlin before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Subject: Genocide History Jewish Studies
Area: Germany


Chapter 1. The Holocaust through Literature and Film
D. Scrase

Chapter 2. The Well-Utilized Survivor
S. E. Cernyak-Spatz

Chapter 3. Victims and Perpetrators: The Many Voices of the Holocaust
T. Freeman

Chapter 4. Designing Within and Around Limits: The Holocaust, Madonna, and Me
L. Feldman

Chapter 5. The Difficulty of Breaking the Silence: Teaching the Holocaust in a Program of German Literature and Culture
D. C. G. Lorenz

Chapter 6. Four Genres and One Question: Why?
S. R. Cerf

Chapter 7. The Holocaust and Resistance in German Literature
G. Brude-Firnau

Chapter 8. Inserting a Short Course on the Holocaust into German Offerings at a Small Liberal Arts College
N. M. Decker

Chapter 9. Teaching the Shoah in Context: A Course on Jewish German Relations
K. Remmler

Chapter 10. German Myths and Jewish Traumas: Teaching Postwar Cultural History 1945-1995
F. Strzelczyk

Chapter 11. Witness Grete Weil: An Intensive Summer Graduate Seminar
L. Nussbaum

Chapter 12. A Graduate Seminar on the Holocaust and the Third Reich as Reflected in Postwar German Literature
N. A. Lauckner

Chapter 13. The Nazi Period, the Holocaust, and German-Jewish Issues as Integral Subjects in a German Language Course
K. Doerr

Chapter 14. The Holocaust in an Introductory German Literature Course: Problematic Responses as a Catalyst for Curricular Change
M. Jokiniemi

Chapter 15. Beyond Cultural Pedagogy
W. C. Donahue

Chapter 16. The Teaching (and Not Teaching) of the Disaster
L. Morris

Notes on Contributors

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