In a surprising move, this Jewish actress, who was actually born in Jerusalem, is calling on Jewish people to re-evaluate how much they focus on the Jewish holocaust. It’s not so much that the actress says it should not be discussed or taught in schools. She simply thinks that most schools do not focus on other atrocities of the past and present but always teach lessons on the Jewish Holocaust. According to Natalie Portman education should focus on suffering experienced by all groups of people.
In an interview with the Independent, the 33-year-old actress and mom talked about how the Rwandan genocide was not discussed at all while she was in high school, where the Jewish holocaust was being taught regularly.
“I was shocked that that [Rwandan genocide] was going on while I was in school. We were learning only about the Holocaust and it was never mentioned. That is exactly the type of problem with the way it’s taught. I think it needs to be taught, and I can’t speak for everyone because this was my personal education. We need to be reminded that hatred exists at all times and reminds us to be empathetic to other people that have experienced hatred also. Not used as a paranoid way of thinking that we are victims. Sometimes it can be subverted to fear-mongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen. “
Wisely, Portman hopes humanity will some day use its knowledge of such atrocities to foster compassion and empathy for all.
What do you have to say on this topic? Do you think we, as a society, dwell too long and hard on the Jewish holocaust at the expense of teaching our children about other mass killings based on hate? Or, do you think that the Jewish holocaust was so terrible that nothing compares to it? We want to hear from you.