Sacrilization is the idea that a topic is so sacred and important that it is given an air of awe. This means that people surround the topic with hushed tones and seriousness. However, this is also a very dangerous idea. This is because it creates a fear of investigating and questioning as the public is afraid of appearing insensitive. On the other hand of the spectrum is trivialization. Trivialization is the idea of making a topic seem less important or significant. This is also dangerous because it can downgrade the difficulties of the past. For instance, the Holocaust is a very difficult topic and therefore should be more of a serious discussion in class. It would be very inappropriate to turn this particular event into a game within the classroom. This topic is discussed in length within the article Holocaust Fatigue: Teaching it Today where the author, Simon Schweber, claims " Where I once worried that the sanctification of the Holocaust stifled learning, I now worry that trivialization of the Holocaust impedes its understanding".
Within many areas of the world the role of Israel is vexed in public opinion. This means that discussing the country can be problematic and difficult. This is because there has been a lot of criticism surrounding Israel and their governments role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the middle east. As a result, teaching about the Holocaust has suffered. This is because teachers are afraid of discussing the topic in fear of seeming supportive of Israel. Teaching the Holocaust is also linked to current middle eastern conflict.