shoaheducation.com

About Shoah Education Project Web

Shoah Education Project Web, is a curriculum project begun in the Fall of 1997 to develop one of the first, online introductory sites on Shoah or Holocaust Education and Studies online. While originally it was developed over as a broad-based program to include all kinds of community groups, it grew over the years to focus on the Church and General Public, although a small curriculum has been developed for limited classroom use in some situations. Wishing not to repeat efforts or build on another's foundation, we have left general K-12 Education in Holocaust and Tolerance Studies to such fine organizations with expansive resources such as Simon Wiesenthal Center, USHMM, and Spielberg and Berenbaum's Visual History Foundation.

Shoaheducation.com is not a scholarly curriculum for researchers, although it does provide a comprehensive overview of basic holocaust topics, especially as they relate to beliefs, causes, and social influences which culminated in the worst genocide of history. An undergraduate or graduate student not sure where to start may also find the site helpful at the ground floor level. The development of the site includes the basic features of :

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  • A brief overview of the subtopic, including key people , events and information
  • Side bar summary of Facts and Data
  • Short Biographies or Reference Lists and
  • Outside links which lead into the major Online Resources in the area.
  • Internal Links and Definition links.
  • Documents from the Shoah mentioned in the texts.
  • For example, the topic "Burning of the Reichstag" summarizes definitions, ideological founders and proponents, and applications, linked outside to such topics as "Beerhall Putsch", "The Bundstag", Goring, and other detailed sites on the burning of the Reichstag in WWII and others. Internal links include pages on the putsch, definitions, the German Bund fellowships, the Enabling Act and others. A side table shows the sequence of events which took place the day of the burning. In this way, those wishing to acquaint themselves with an introductory overview of what caused the Shoah and what it was really like, can educate themselves as well as Church groups, or Community groups using it in learning settings.

    Why I do Not Recommend My Own Site for Public Education

    I have labored almost without much of a break on this curriculum for 9 years. In the beginning, I had hoped to see it as more of an in-community fixture or organization, although over the years it has turned into online education. The site is fairly general, but a great deal of the site is written from the perspective of Evangelical Christian Viewpoints, with a primary concern on exploring how and why the Church came to behave as it did, what doctrines contributed to anti-semitic views, how hearts could be trained to hate instead of love, and what became of belief during the Shoah. I have a corollary site, shoahrose.com which focuses only on the Church during the Shoah, but shoaheducation.com focuses on how all beliefs and practices affected the development of the shoah. (See e.g. Nazi Beliefs). I have also included major original documents, famous historical documents from the period which are relevant.

    I have found over the years that students of middle school age or high school age are often fascinated by the site, and in a way I am very glad, but I still do not recommend it for High School use. The reason is self apparent to those who work in public education:

    1. There are many other K-12 Programs excellent and with tried methods which are already out and working

    2. This site is written from a Conservative, Biblical perspective. I have tried to be fair and concise and present many perspectives, but they are critiqued from my own perspective [shared by millions]. It is a tolerance-based program, but a realistic program which realizes that the Jewish Nation has a critical place in history, that hatred based upon race, religion or creed is sin, and wrong, but that loving the person does not have to mean accepting their values or lifestyles. Our approach differs in that regard from most 'diversity-based' programs which see all ways as equal. Our approach will no doubt offend some as it does not count 'all ways as God's way'.

    3. The social milieu of the High School and Middle School today is volatile, and while our easy reading, organization and intense artwork attracts attention among youth, it puts a great deal of philosophical considerations on the plate, ranging from Racial Science, to Jewish Enlightenment, to the Gospel which mature students may find useful but which students with less fortitude or insight might be influenced in an unfortunate or opposite way. This is somewhat true of any holocaust education program, but especially with ours because of its central focus on beliefs which influenced the time. Wrongfully handled, it could produce an undue fascination with Nazism or the occult if not balanced.

    4. Many parents of students today do not believe in any form of holocaust education because they are holocaust revisionists or deniers, or come from belief systems which do not share common historical views. Islam is a mighty force in revisionist views, and so are ultra-conservative/radical groups, and even some surprising liberal pro-palestinian groups. While those groups may object to any holocaust education in the schools, having written the program, and dealt with these groups in the past, I feel that the site is too intense for general public school use, and could cause dissension, which is hardly needed in divisive times. I of course believe my work is valuable and of great use towards the far more neglected audience of the Church and General public.

    High School and Middle School students are more than welcome to use the site individually as a resource on the subtopics, and in deed we are prominently mentioned under such key terms as 'shoah education', nazi beliefs, Church and Shoah, Aryanization, Endlosung, and others. Since many schools have little time for holocaust education I am working to develop a very brief introduction which will be available shortly although this is still in the future. For now though, shoaheducation.com is used best in the classroom as a resource and not the main curriculum. Teachers should be well trained in the particular curriculum they choose, in this day in which we encounter many emotionally labile students and those turned to self-destruction and despair.

    The Structure of the Site & How to Use It

    In addition to several topical divisions, which may be found on the front page: http://www.shoaheducation.com/aaaa.html and Facts & History, the site contains several types of pages. These include:

    I. Administrative Pages- such as the Guestbook, Credits, Acknowlegements, and site business

    II.Traditional Informational Pages, described above

    III. Document Pages: reproductions or text reprints of famous Shoah Documents, e.g. The Enabling Act, The Vatican-Berlin Concordat, or Documents on Nazi Beliefs. All documents may be found listed either at Facts & History or on the Document Selection Page. I have tried to include the most essential and notable documents for the beginner, but an extensive site on documents outside of ours may be found at Calvin College's German Propaganda Archive.

    IV. A Shoah Dictionary at Definitions (under development) V. Summary Information Pages including:

  • Famous People, Rescuers, and Resistance.
  • Nazi Beliefs- subpages include people summaries, secret societies, nazi holidays,
  • Nazis, Nazi Hierarchy,Nazi Officials along with pages on Nazi Organizations, and events, publications, medals etc.
  • Pages on the Arts, including Music & Musicians, Degenerate Artand The Exile or 'Aliyah of Art', The Politics of Music and a Art Timeline and Music in the Shoah Timeline. and a page under development on Writers in the Shoah

    VI. Concentration Camps, or Killing and Atrocity Centers: Since so many well-known websites deal in depth with one or all Nazi Concentration Camps [an excellent resource is deathcamps.org]; I have chosen instead to summarize basic data on each camp with a selection page at Killing & Atrocity Centers, with internal links to information on location, staff, history, statistics, and outside links dealing specifically with individual camps. In this way, as with much of the site, the person wishing to gain a comprehensive but beginning overview of topics or camps, may do so in one location, but easily seek out more detailed and indepth sites on individual camps. Also included is a section on Soviet Camps and American Detention Centers for Japanese Citizens VII. Two major Sections include topics usually under the rubric of the Final Solution: including The Final Solution, and The Einsatzgruppen. A further section is available on Operation or Aktion Reinhard.

    VIII. A separate section is available on The Ghettos including links, people, events and a timeline of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and descriptions of death in the ghetto, the Stroop Report, and the Ghettos Today.

    IX. With a look toward the effect of the Shoah on our lives, I have included a section on Since the Shoah. While this section is still under development, we have included links to current CIA information about the countries today, information about the EU, and where possible, foreign embassy statements about individual nations positions on Israel as well as links to Embassies, the Knesset and other sites of Interest.

    X. SHOAH /HOLOCAUST IN THE NEWS In line with positions of the nations towards Israel since the shoah, we run a current, link listing to online resources of News articles and sources regarding the Shoah, Ethics, Anti-Semitism, the Mid-East and Israel and other contemporary topics and discussions at Seditionact.blogspot.com-(formerly thoughts and news.

    XI.Dangerous Doctrines: The issue of belief and its affect on individuals, nations and the world runs throughout this site and all that is written here. Beliefs lead to views of the person and violence and life, and those views lead to actions, including violence and war. This is true in the beliefs of the Nazis, but it is also true in the beliefs and doctrines of the Church which if accepted without discernment and study can lead to heresy regarding the Jews and severe anti-semitism. The true Christian believer cannot displace or hate Israel, or we would be in direct violation of the Lord's commands to love, mercy and humility towards Israel, recognizing our debt to our root and tree on which we are grafted. Common often widely held doctrines often bear this problem coming from the philosophies of men and not The Word. For those who do not agree with our positon, you are welcome to discuss opposing ideas on the Shoah Education Project Web Forum

    XI.Genocide: Pages on Genocides since the shoah and the events which turn us into people who can hate to that degree. {See Number of the Names.) XII. Other Sections: There are many other sections and subsections too numerous to mention, such as sections on Israel and its formation, theological issues, Anti-Semitism, slide shows [in need of revision!], curricula and best of the web picks. A limited genealogical link search is available and a section on remembrances is available. The forum is trying to keep track of obituaries of holocaust survivors as well.

    A WORD OF CAUTION: You may not take credit for or re-write our materials, but you are welcome to use them with wisdom as freely as you wish. It is nice to be given appropriate credit. HOWEVER- last time I tried to print out the whole site, it was nearing 3000 8.5 x 11 pages, so rather than exhaust your ink, you may want to use certain sections at a time. Sunday school or general public discussion groups can use certain sections as springboards, making notebooks of the printed materials. Donations are welcome towards keeping the site safe and on the net, but no fees are ever charged. Should you notice a real error [not just a disagreement], please contact the web director at Shoah Education Project. and provide supporting information to correct. Pray for the excellence and right use of the site.

    In Mercy,
    Elizabeth Kirkley Best PhD
    Author and Director
    Shoah Education Project Web
    shoaheducation.com
    Note: Our corollary sites include: www.shoahrose.com on the Church and the Holocaust, www.warsofisrael.com on the Wars of Israel,seditionact.blogspot.com.