Edited By Heike Niedrig and Christian Ydesen
Astrid Messerschmidt: Intercultural Education in a post-National Socialist society – Processes of Remembrance in Dealing with Racism and anti-Semitism
Intercultural Education in a post-National Socialist society – Processes of Remembrance in Dealing with Racism and anti-Semitism Astrid Messerschmidt, University of Education, Karlsruhe, Germany Intercultural Education in the German context has until now rarely been re- flected with reference to National-Socialism (NS) or to colonialism. This article outlines the educational responses to migration within the context of contempo- rary history; it suggests a double perspective on postcolonial and post-NS im- ages of the Self and the other. Racism as well as anti-Semitism will be analysed with regard to their connection to colonialism and National-Socialism respec- tively. The historical analysis points out the differences between these two forms of discrimination and looks more closely at their present-day manifestations. This article will develop a concept for intercultural education as processes of remembrance. Within this concept, remembrance constitutes a cultural practice which enters into a relationship with histories of suffering and perpetration. 1. Remembered history in a post-National Socialist society As we attempt to mark the present with historical characterizations, the limits of our own view of history endure, and it follows that no appropriate label can be found to accurately capture that which it attempts to name. At the same time, historical terms highlight the connection between past and present and have the potential to stimulate the reflection of these connections. If we describe contem- porary society as a postcolonial one, we speak of the “here and now”, a present day distinct from the historical time of colonialism, which itself has not simply...
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