Europe’s teachers face hurdles with Holocaust history

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

Prague (dpa) – Skinheads and so-called “crypto-fascism” are among the challenges facing European teachers now on the front line of an ideological battle to remember the Holocaust, education experts said at a conference Tuesday.

But teachers assigned to instruct today’s grandchildren and great- grandchildren of the Holocaust generation also need proper training, classroom materials, personal motivation and curriculum support from governments, conference participants agreed.

It is not easy for teachers to fight the dark messages of “skinhead marches around Europe that are certainly ideologically linked to the brown terror” of the Nazis, who killed 6 million Jews and others in the 1930s and ’40s,” said Czech Education Minister Petra Buzkova at the Council of Europe (COE) event.