When school groups visit the Nazi Documentation Center in Cologne, Germany, “teachers often think that their job is to induce guilt in their students,” observes Roland Imhoff, a doctoral candidate in the department of social and legal psychology at the University of Bonn. “But pushing the guilt button may backfire,” he cautions. Supporting this warning is Imhoff’s dissertation, which shows that emphasizing Jews’ ongoing suffering from past atrocities may actua…

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