Review: Hanns-Fred Rathenow & Norbert H. Weber (Eds.) (2005). Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust. Historisch-politisches Lernen in der Lehrerbildung [National Socialism and Holocaust: Historical and Political Learning in Teacher Training]

  • Wilhelm Schwendemann Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
Keywords: National Socialism/Nazism, Holocaust, Holocaust education, historical and political learning, teacher training, teaching profession school, didactics, empirical sciences for teaching history, memorial education


The book includes a number of essays dealing with the importance of learning to remember National Socialism (Nazism) and the Holocaust, both inside and outside the classroom. It is divided into four areas: (a) education after Auschwitz—rapprochement; (b) teacher-training at university and at school—concepts and prior experience; (c) advanced teacher-training—prior experience and reflections; (d) rapprochement worldwide. The essays range from theoretical contemplations to reflections on actual experiences, from empirical-qualitative research to concrete implementation in the classroom. Those in the last section look at how the topic of the Holocaust is being treated in Israel, Palestine, Poland and the Czech Republic. "Holocaust education" in England and the USA is also introduced together with a trilateral university project in Canada, Germany and Poland. All in all, this multi-faceted volume presents the reader with various (i.e. empirical, hermeneutic and didactic) approaches to the topic and how it is being dealt with in the school curriculum and in the pedagogy of erecting memorials. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801295


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Author Biography

Wilhelm Schwendemann, Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
Wilhelm SCHWENDEMANN ist Professor für Evangelische Theologie und Religionsdidaktik/Religionspädagogik mit Schwerpunkt empirischer Religionspädagogik an der Evangelischen Fachhochschule Freiburg – Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit, Diakonie und Religionspädagogik, Dep. II (Religionspädagogik). In FQS finden sich weitere Besprechungen von Wilhelm SCHWENDEMANN zu "Auf den Trümmern der Geschichte: Gespräche mit Raul Hilberg, Hans Mommsen und Zygmunt Bauman" ( (hrsg. von Harald WELZER) sowie zu "Gespräche analysieren" ( (von Arnulf DEPPERMANN) und "Qualitative Forschung in der Sozialpädagogik" ( (hrsg. von Cornelia SCHWEPPE 2003).