Nazism, persecution and the annihilation of the Jews are subjects of instruction which generally ignore the study of Judaism and its intricate themes, and the history of the Jews in Germany. Jews have been viewed exclusively as victims of National Socialism.
This perception can lead to a distorted view and encourage the perverse idea that the Jews were, and still are, to blame. The only way to counter these allegations is to examine the role of Jews as participatory citizens and shapers of German culture and society.
Jews and Judaism are a significant component of European history and, as such, can be studied at different levels and from a variety of perspectives.