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Israeli ultra-Orthodox learn about Holocaust over phone

Since ultra-Orthodox schools do not include history classes in their curricula, Israel Goldwasser and his friends came up with the idea of recorded Holocaust-history classes over the phone.
An ultra-Orthodox Jew carries his infant child through the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jerusale, May 4, 2005.

Israeli leaders participated Jan. 27 in a series of events in Israel and abroad commemorating the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ultra-Orthodox press reported these events with their own angles, focusing on the Grand Rabbi of Russia praying for the dead at the Jewish Museum in Moscow. Still, for the ultra-Orthodox, these events stayed in the realm of the media, and did not resonate in ultra-Orthodox classrooms.

Perhaps this will sound strange, but while Holocaust studies are integrated into the curricula of diverse Israeli communities, such as the Arab sector, the ultra-Orthodox actually do not learn about the Holocaust in school. Ultra-Orthodox students are not exposed to didactic education on the horrors of World War II. Many of them know little of the terrible trauma faced by the Jewish people.

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