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my older child recently has shone a huge interest in nazis

she's a 16 year old girl, she not like anti semetic or anything she just interested.
what should i do?
foster it?
or opress it?

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Chala_Marqezia

Asked by Chala_Marqezia at 3:16 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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Answers (9)
  • Yeah... oppress a curiosity. That's an excellent method of amplifying an obsession.
    LindaClement

    Answer by LindaClement at 3:17 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Be open. Discuss the historical value of the subject matter. Many times they find an interest if they think it will freak the parents out. So remain calm and keep it general and simple.
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 3:19 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I wouldnt opress it, its an interest in history, I had my times when I was interested in signigicant events in history. Plus, shes 16, at least her interest isnt drugs, sex and alcohol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Encourage her to dive into some books about the consequences of the Nazis, like the Diary of Anne Frank.
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 3:24 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Show her some movies: Boy in the stripe pyjamas, The life is beautiful, The life train, The list of Schindler, The pianist. And tell her that the nazis didn't hate only jews. They hate everyone who wasn't like them. They put Jews, Polish, Gypsies, Hungarians, even Germans into the camps if they didn't like them. If you didn't agree with them than you could be put away. Germans had (and still have) amazing technical, engineering, etc. but the nazis start to use them. So the theme can be pretty amazing as well. Especially some brainwashed people wrote books about how good is the hating other people thing who are not us. So just be careful what she read and who she is talking with about the question. Children in this age are really sensitive for new ideas. And there are some bad people out there who actually brainwash teenagers and use them for their purpose. Sad. So if she is interested, just show her the movies.

    adriennfaklya

    Answer by adriennfaklya at 3:26 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Encourage her to look in to ALL views of the Nazi movement from those that supported Hitler to those that were sent to the death camps.

    The Pianist is an excellent movie. Schindler's List is another great one.
    There are also some great books out there on the Nazi movement and the war that it involved.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 4:01 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Encourage the curiosity. My son has always had an interest in Nazi's, the wars and what happened. Never discourage a curiosity in kids...they need to learn the good and bad of our history...the past affects the future and who knows, it could develop into a career...in empathy..in understanding.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:08 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • It is important to be educated by the past so that it will not be repeated in the future. Why not buy her a few books. Also let her read Ann Frank's Diary.
    mmmegan38

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 12:28 PM on Dec. 31, 2010

  • If she's really interested, encourage her to look at BOTH sides. Not just the Hollywood anti stuff (Schindler's List, etc). Check out stormfront.org, there's a lot of info there. Night by Eli Weisel is a good one for the other side.
    soflashelley

    Answer by soflashelley at 7:15 AM on Jan. 1, 2011

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