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Paula Cowan and Henry Maitles have written an excellent book. The authors declare that "the central aim of this book, as its title suggests is to support teachers and educators in their teaching of the Holocaust in schools". They have more than succeeded. There is a good discussion of centrally important issues about how the Holocaust is characterised and valuable elaborations of how it may be included in the work of schools and in other contexts. The issues are extremely sensitive and there will be continuing controversies.
This is an important and useful book. It introduces the sometimes difficult issue of how to introduce the significance of the Holocaust and of antisemitism to children and young people. The authors are experts in the field, and write from a background of teaching in schools and to student teachers, with authority and clarity.
Cowan and Maitles have successfully shed light on a number of important topics, including controversial issues, in Holocaust education today.
"I was intrigued to see how something as seismic and complex as the Holocaust can be structured into a topic for school children. The book begins by justifying schoolbased Holocaust Education, and then looks at what young people can learn about and from the Holocaust to increase their understanding of contemporary citizenship....One chapter I found particularly fascinating was ‘Pedagogy’ which looks at how to deal with the many controversial issues surrounding the Holocaust....All in all a fascinating read."- Jo Briggs