Edited By Stephen G. Parker, Rob Freathy and Leslie J. Francis
1 ‘Culture of Remembrance’ as a Framework for Education in Religion and Values: A Christian and German Approach
‘Culture of remembrance’ is a concept that purports to reinterpret history and its meaning from a new perspective, that of the victims of the past, the oppressed, and the suffering. The contextual standpoint that underlies it in the present chapter is that of the Holocaust. The notion of ‘culture of remembrance’ is explored on two levels – theoretical and empirical, particularly for educational purposes. On the theoretical level, it draws largely on the ideas put forward in the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, and Elie Wiesel, as well as of the Roman Catholic theologian Johann Baptist Metz and others, that reshape the position toward Auschwitz and call for solidarity with its victims in the present. The empirical approach of ‘culture of remembrance’ mirrors the situation in Germany and focuses on the individual’s understanding and interpretation of the world and reality, in connection to the Holocaust. Studies have revealed that anti-Semitic attitudes are still present on all levels – social, political, and even religious, and trigger various other forms of racism and homophobia. The consequence is that, especially with young people, the teaching of religion as well as of history in schools needs to be reconsidered and redesigned, with the view to awakening the ‘historical consciousness’ or ‘awareness’ of young individuals and to initiate right learning. ← 23 | 24 →
Paul Klee, one of the greatest European artists and painters of the twentieth century, created a wonderful piece of art called ‘Angelus Novus’...
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