MIMEH's Guest Blogger Series first in a series of new initiatives to meet the challenges of modern Holocaust education
The results of a recent study published in the New York Times confirm that there is a lack of basic knowledge regarding the Holocaust among most Americans. The study also showed that the vast majority of people believe that Holocaust education should be mandatory. MIMEH firmly agrees with this viewpoint, and we are actively working towards the creation of materials that can be used as part of a required curriculum on the Holocaust.
We also recognize that large-scale change takes time. Our challenge thus becomes figuring out how to bridge the gap in Holocaust education while working towards a mandatory inclusion of this topic within educational systems. MIMEH is committed to meeting this challenge head on by developing new and innovative methods for ensuring that the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust is not forgotten, but rather serves as a reminder of what can happen when we don't respect the basic human dignity inherent in all people. Understanding the role of medical ethics during and after the Holocaust is an essential part of our mission of reflecting on the past to protect the future.
In the coming weeks and months, MIMEH will be introducing new initiatives aimed at reaching a broader audience. Our goal is to transcend the traditional barriers of Holocaust education - age, religion, geographic location, etc. - to provide resources and materials for ALL people. We will begin by introducing a guest blogger series where people who are interested in this topic can contribute blog posts for possible publication on our website. This will provide a forum for both academics and laypeople to engage in a respectful discourse on the topic. It will also allow for an examination of the nuances of medical ethics during and after the Holocaust.
Our first guest blog post, "The Importance of Teaching the Holocaust in the Information Age" explores the relationship between the use of medical records to label and persecute people during the Holocaust and the potential dangers that accompany revealing private medical information on social media and other internet forums. Look for this blog post to be published in the next few days. We hope it inspires you to join the conversation.