Could The Holocaust Be Bad For You?


Jewdar knows, it seems hard to believe; after all, we’ve all been raised to believe that Holocaust education is the cure to all the ills of the Jewish world (certainly, we’ve been taught to believe that spending money on Holocaust museums is a better investment than on Jewish education), but a new study from Tel Aviv University suggests that at least for some Israeli kids from troubled backgrounds sent on the Hajj to Auschwitz, being confronted by one of the worst horrors in human history, and one specifically directed at your people, can actually lead to psychological stress and trauma.  Jewdar will let you talk among yourselves about implications of this, but for us, one thing is absolutely clear–if those researchers think that obsessing over the Holocaust may perhaps be unhealthy for some people, maybe they need to take a trip to Auschwitz themselves.

What do you think?

About The Author


The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

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