Holocaust Education in Jewish Schools in Israel: Goals, Dilemmas, Challenges

March, 2010

Source: Prospects Volume 40, Issue 1, March 2010, pp. 93-113

Research has shown the Holocaust to be the primary component of Jewish identity and to contribute significantly to Jewish Israelis’ sense of belonging to the Jewish people. Though the Holocaust is a central event in Jewish history, Holocaust education is mandatory in the state education system in Israel, and some research has investigated the impact of this education, the field has not been conceptualized systematically.

This article attempts to organize the existing knowledge on the subject through a meta-analysis of the foundations and basic premises of Holocaust education in Israel, using the most important literature in the area. It first suggests a conceptual framework, organizing by period the changing attitudes toward the Holocaust in general and Holocaust education in particular.

It then describes Holocaust education over the years, and finally analyzes the goals of Holocaust education, along with its major dilemmas and challenges.

Updated: Sep. 01, 2013