For children in Western countries Holocaust education begins early. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, or USHMM, believes that 6th grade, when the students are typically 11 to 12 years old, is a good place to start because they are able to empathize with eyewitness accounts. Could this be because the Holocaust narrative relies on witness testimony rather than documental or physical evidence?
Something to note is that typical 6th graders have not yet developed the capacity to question the correctness of their parents and by extension question the views of authorities, i.e. the school teacher.
Videos provided by the USHMM contain disturbing real images which are seen by children that aren’t old enough to go to the movie theater and see Hollywood renditions of the same sort of imargy. Was the well being of the child considered in the decision of what age to teach the Holocaust?
Aside from learning about the Holocaust at a young age German children are also discouraged from having a German identity. Even if the Holocaust did happen do children born decades after the war deserve to have their cultural heritage taken from them?
When it comes to mandatory Holocaust education 13 countries and 23 states in the US have laws on the books. Last year in Texas scandal erupted when a school official told teachers to provide an opposing side for the Holocaust in order to comply with a new education law.
The ensuing backlash made it clear that an opposing side to the Holocaust narrative is unacceptable. This should lead you to ask why the Holocaust is treated like a religion rather than a historical event and why the Holocaust is the only historical event to have such a tight hold on it’s narrative.
Holocaust affirming doesn’t end at school however. Movies, books, television shows and news articles that reinforce the Holocaust narrative are constantly being pumped out. It has become so normalized that it’s no wonder that the average person thinks you’re crazy for questioning it. Rest assured, you are not crazy for questioning it and you are not alone in questioning it.