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Children’s Literature and the Holocaust

Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010024
Received: 8 October 2019 / Revised: 10 February 2020 / Accepted: 12 February 2020 / Published: 6 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genealogy The Holocaust in Contemporary Popular Culture)
The aim of my paper is to examine children’s literature written in Italy and centred on the Holocaust. It is quite common for people to deem the subject matter inappropriate for young audiences, whilst it is also considered disrespectful to write inventive literature for children about the death camps. Nevertheless, it seems necessary to inform children about such a major historical event. Moreover, the stories written on this subject aim to introduce children to themes like prejudice, discrimination and racism. My research focuses on the recurrent patterns that occur frequently in these books. In these books, the focus lies on the victims rather than the perpetrators. They deal with the story of a Jewish family and frequently feature a child as the protagonist. These books will undoubtedly provoke questions by young readers, but they are most likely best read with an adult who can answer any questions appropriately and deepen the historical frame. These narratives are important because educators have a responsibility to teach others and read about the Holocaust. View Full-Text
Keywords: children’s literature; Holocaust; Italian writers; education children’s literature; Holocaust; Italian writers; education
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Giambastiani, V. Children’s Literature and the Holocaust. Genealogy 2020, 4, 24. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010024

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