Breaking historical silences through cross-cultural curriculum deliberation : teaching the Holocaust in Latvian schools / by Thomas John Misco, Jr.
The Soviet and Nazi occupations of Latvia during World War II resulted in a series of horrific events for thousands of Latvians. During this time, many Latvians made an array of choices in response to these occupations and within the Holocaust that followed. Because many Latvian students do not deeply investigate this history, it currently constitutes a controversial and largely silenced history. Therefore, this study sought to explore what influences Holocaust instruction in Latvia, how a cross-cultural curriculum project responded to these influences, and how Latvian writers deliberatively negotiated what materials should constitute their new curriculum in light of Latvian society and the project experience. This ethnographic case study focused on seven curriculum writers and numerous project members as they devised a new Holocaust curriculum for the Republic of Latvia from March 2004 through October 2005. This study inductively analyzed interview, observational, and document data to generate categories and themes that bring forth new understandings of the curriculum development process.
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