How is World War II taught in American schools

How was the Second World War addressed in your school?

What does holocaust, anti-Semitism or propaganda mean? Who was Adolf Hitler, the SS or the Gestapo? What is in Anne Frank's diary, what is a concentration camp or the November pogroms? All of these and many other questions and topics relating to National Socialism should be addressed in history lessons at school. At least that's what the curriculum provides. How and in what detail this is dealt with, however, depends heavily on the respective teacher. User "absurdist" remembers her school days and the inadequate discussion of the topic:

In a study, students from Salzburg stated that they would like to learn more about the Second World War. They mostly got their knowledge of the subject from class, but that was poor and they would like to find out more about this time. The inadequate discussion in school lessons could, among other things, contribute to the serious knowledge gaps on the subject of the Holocaust that Austrians show according to the survey for the Claims Conference.

Contemporary witnesses and concentration camp memorials

One way of bringing young people closer to the topic outside of the traditional classroom is to invite contemporary witnesses to class or to attend lectures. In the meantime, however, there are only a few people who witnessed and survived the Holocaust themselves. Through personal narratives, schoolchildren get a different approach to the topic, can ask questions and exchange ideas with contemporary witnesses about current topics and concerns. Just recently, the 80-year-old Pole Stanisław Zalewski was visiting a Viennese school and told how he experienced and survived several concentration camps. "You are responsible for what the world will look like. There must be a reconciliation of the peoples," he appeals and receives applause from the young people.

In addition to eyewitness reports, a visit to concentration camp memorials such as Mauthausen can contribute to a different and deeper understanding of the subject. User "Dimple" remembers his school days:

How were you informed about World War II and National Socialism?

Did you have the opportunity to get to know contemporary witnesses personally and hear their stories? Have you visited a concentration camp memorial? How do you think today's history class should deal with the subject? (mawa, December 11, 2019)