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Publication Date: November 1979

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Michael Berenbaum

Series: Sh'ma (9/180) and CLAL Encore Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Education)

Keywords: Holocaust Education; Ethics; Communal Memory; History

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author discusses Arnold Wolf's claim that contemporary Jewry abuses the Holocaust by misusing language. While agreeing with Wolf, Berenbaum also encourages us to search for guidance within the Jewish textual tradition when studying the event. Above all, Berenbaum advocates for intelligent deliberation and thorough education in order to understand the Holocaust and frame it in an appropriate Jewish historical context.