Britain’s promise to forget: some historiographical reflections on What Do Students Know and Understand about the Holocaust?

Lawson, Tom (2017) Britain’s promise to forget: some historiographical reflections on What Do Students Know and Understand about the Holocaust? Holocaust Studies: a Journal of Culture and History. ISSN 1750-4902

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17504902.2017.1296086

Abstract

This article is a personal reflection on the report produced by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, What Do Students Know and Understand about the Holocaust? It reviews the report’s findings and reflects upon the gap between scholarly debates and public knowledge. It then attempts to account for this gap, especially in the light of the rhetoric surrounding Holocaust education and commemoration in the UK and the “need to remember.” Ultimately it argues that the ignorance and misunderstanding highlighted in the report have come about as a consequence of, rather than in spite of, the dominant culture of Holocaust remembrance in the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Holocaust education, Holocaust memory, United Kingdom, Britain, historiography
Subjects: V300 History by topic
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 11:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 11:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30308

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