Teaching of Holocaust must focus on ugly truth
Originally published February 26, 2006
WASHINGTON // As the son of Holocaust survivors, I’m glad that Oprah Winfrey has chosen Elie Wiesel’s Night for her book club and is planning to make her recent visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Mr. Wiesel an educational experience for millions of her viewers.

At a time when the president of Iran denies the existence of the Holocaust, the world needs all of the good education it can get about one of the darkest events in history.

The Holocaust is a daunting subject to teach, in part because its ugliness is unpleasant to contemplate and in part because what happened at Auschwitz-Birkenau and elsewhere defies comprehension.