Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 24 September 2021

From Silence to Recognition

From Silence to Recognition

The Holocaust in Polish Education since 1989

(p.305) From Silence to Recognition
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Robert Szuchta

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the implementation of educational reforms since 1989, which aimed to integrate the subject of the Holocaust into Polish schools. It describes textbooks from the first half of the 1990s that were still marred by common stereotypes, such as Jewish passivity in the face of German aggression. It also examines textbooks since the late 1990s representing Jewish reactions to Nazism with more nuance and situating the fate of Poland's Jews in a larger historical context. The chapter discusses the subject of the Holocaust in several schools that reside in the shadow of Polonocentrism and explains how it is treated like an appendage to the dominant history of Polish heroism and martyrdom under the German occupation. It points out that the positive shift in attitude in Polish schools, where Polish teachers no longer ask if the Holocaust should be taught, but how to teach it.

Keywords:   educational reforms, Holocaust, Jewish passivity, German aggression, Nazism, Polonocentrism, Polish schools

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.