Jeanette Friedman and David Gold have succeeded in making the
history of the Holocaust relevant to American teenagers and young
adults in the 21st century. Why Should I Care? Lessons From the
Holocaust provides a critical moral and ethical context for the integration
of memory into our contemporary collective consciousness,
and should become part of the required high school curricula
throughout the United States.?
Menachem Z. Rosensaft, General Counsel of the World Jewish
Congress, adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School and founding
chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust
I belong to a unique group of men and women who probe the
ashes of the murdered not merely to remember the dead and pay
homage to their memory. I want to find something from the horror
of their deaths and the evil of their murders that can speak to our
common humanity and deepen our commitment to human rights.
The authors of this work, Jeanette Friedman and David Gold, share
that commitment. They want to share it with you. They want you
to be their partners in this all important enterprise.
Dr. Michael Berenbaum Professor of Jewish Studies Director,
Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications
of the Holocaust American Jewish University, Los Angeles, Ca.
Former Project Director of the creation of the USHMM.
FROM CHAPTER SIX, LURE OF THE DARK SIDE,
WHY SHOULD I CARE? LESSONS FROM THE HOLOCAUST:
Mankind has been given the knowledge and ability to perfect the world. All we have to do is make ethical choices?
and that is not always an easy thing to do. Good and evil co-exist. If there is no sadness, how can we know happiness? If there is no disease, how can we appreciate good health? If there is no war, why would we work
toward peace? And if we don?t know the difference between good and evil, how could we make the world a better place? Our responsibility is to resist the lure of the dark side.
May 15, 2009