Why is it necessary to teach about the history of the Holocaust more than 70 years after the facts? In what ways can this teaching contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms of violence in our contemporary world? In cooperation with the National Commission of Senegal for UNESCO, UNESCO is providing teachers with two new versions of the brochure Why Teach the Holocaust? in Wolof and in Pulaar, languages that are widely used in Senegal. These translations are part of common efforts undertaken by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of Senegal and other countries of the sub-region to ensure that this is taught more systematically in History lessons.
The brochure was published for the first time in 2013, and its purpose is to raise the educational community’s awareness about teaching the history of genocides, starting with the genocide perpetrated against Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. It contains a brief presentation on how knowing about this part of history can engage students in an in-depth reflection about State violence, racism and anti-Semitism, the consequences of remaining indifferent when others are subjected to oppression and every person’s responsibility when confronted with discrimination and human rights violations. It also contains links to a number of educational resources.