Arnon Grunberg

Comic book

13- and 14-year-olds

This morning while eating my breakfast I thought for various reasons about the Holocaust. This is not something that happens on a regular basis.
The main reason was an article in the arts section of the Times by Michael Kimmelman about Holocaust education in Germany.
A new history text book has been introduced there, part of a trial program, to teach 13- and 14-year-olds about the Holocaust, a comic book.
It’s easy to ridicule this idea, but who knows maybe it works.
Maybe it works better than sending children to Buchenwald, as is a plan in Belgium. Or having children adopt a Jewish kid that got killed in the holocaust, as Sarkozy proposed recently.
I don’t know how the ideal holocaust education would look like, but I would like to sit in on some of these lessons when 13- and 14-year-olds somewhere in Germany are being taught about this subject.
So when a German high school teacher reads this…