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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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So Many Questions

So Many Questions

The Development of Holocaust Education in Post-Communist Poland

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Olanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at the results of a national survey of Polish students in 1998, which indicates that the students' knowledge about the Holocaust is characterized by high levels of ignorance, misperception, confusion, and defensiveness. It mentions that students disagreed that Jews suffered more than Poles during the Second World War and inflated the degree of Polish assistance to Jews. It also talks about educators in post-communist Poland that responded to the students by undertaking a significant expansion of Holocaust education. The chapter presents abundant evidence of the promising development in schools and university departments, including newly founded initiatives throughout Polish civil society. It cites how the Stockholm Declaration was signed by the Polish government in January 2000 to allow schools to teach the Holocaust in schools.

Keywords:   Polish students, Holocaust, Second World War, Polish assistance, post-communist Poland, Polish civil society, Holocaust education

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