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Unformatted text preview: History, Memory and Amnesia in Post-World War II Europe: The Case of the Holocaust By Andreea N STASE It is often said that the underlying idea behind undertaking the study of history is to learn from mankinds successes and especially from its mistakes. It follows that the historical facts are not important in themselves, but it the light of their pedagogical value. Following this reasoning through, it seems all the more appropriate to teach somebody not what happened in reality, but how we remember to have happened. In other words, what we want to learn from it as opposed to, perhaps, what we should be learning. I think this is the most important premise to take into consideration in an attempt to establish the uses and gains of following a course such as History, Memory and Amnesia in Post-World War II Europe: the Case of the Holocaust. To me, it makes more sense to study peoples perceptions and reactions to a past event than the event in itself. Quite frankly (and probably much to my own fault), the concept of memory in the context of political science was first brought seriously to my attention with this class; certainly this has been the first time the board of the faculty offered a course dealing specifically with this matter. board of the faculty offered a course dealing specifically with this matter....
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