The issue of producing and controlling the memories of the Holocaust is evaluated in this paper as a valid universal example of the struggle over self-identity and the recognition of "the other" as a moral subject. The normal realisation of morality is presented as part of the denial of the other's identity, knowledge and value. The dialectics of the memories of the Holocaust and the possibility of a non-violent moral education is examined by questioning its treatment of the suffering of 'others' in the Israeli arena. The author concedes that practising the Holocaust, denying the Holocaust and refusing to recognise the genocides/holocausts of other peoples do differ, but maintains that they are to be evaluated as moral stages of one and the same level. The Israeli refusal to acknowledge the genocides/holocausts of other peoples is analysed as a testcase for the possibility of a humanist-orientated moral education today.
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- Religious studies