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British Schools Drop Holocaust Lessons for Fear of Enraging Muslims


Society & Culture  (tags: anti-Semitism, racism, politics )

Cal
- 2792 days ago - web.israelinsider.com
Schools in the United Kingdom are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government-backed study has revealed, the Daily Mail reported.



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Cathleen Cleary (58)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 10:04 am
This is not a good thing as a majority of pupils in England have no idea what the Holocaust was...Prince Harry wore a nazi outfit years ago and had no idea that what he was doing was offensive....Pupils in England aren't learning enough about the Holocaust as it is...
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 10:20 am
I agree with Cathleen 100%. In the US most kids do not understand the history of the Native America,slavery,and the 'freedoms' of the 60's. All societies,all skills need a foundation which requires all data to be introuduced in the schools.
Thanks Cal...always a good post!
 

David Petrosky (113)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 10:28 am
I'll just associate myself with Cathleen and misty's comments. They express my sentiments well enough.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 10:31 am
Seriously Dave what other thoughts do you have? You always have some great things going on in your mind.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 10:58 am
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it..:(
 

Lil Judd (70)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 11:25 am
I agree with Yvonne, though I doubt that the English will repeat it. The Muslims, well that's another story I guess. This is not good news. "Hiding" or omitting history is not a good thing. the Germans hid the Holocaust for a long time, they were ashamed of what had been done. They now admit what happened while Hitler was in power. I must say that I'm VERY surprised that the British are doing this. That should be a part of history as told. Sets a VERY BAD example for the rest of the world. Is this some form of POOR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS???
 

William Synnott (3)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 12:51 pm
Th eonly thing that could offend the Muslims would be the revelation that Bosnian Muslims were recruited to form 2 SS regiments that fought alongside the Germans in WW2. Sheik Al-Hussaini wad the one who did the recruiting.
 

James H. (26)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 1:07 pm
I think it is a bunch of crap. the muslems diden't cause the holocaust, so why should they be insulted. I think the english are so afraid that insulting muslems that maybe next year the queen will be wearing a rag on her head.
 

pete O. (242)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 2:58 pm
I dont understand where the issue is -We never had it when i was a kid .you could study it at university level. I think it is another clever divisional method ! isnt joseph Georbells a jewsh name anyway ?.I feel for the people who have to consistantly be reminded of this. Let them rest from all of this mr blair mr bush mr olmert
 

Angela Weber (27)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 7:56 pm
IGNORANT actions breeds future IGNORANCE and this certainly does not bode well for our future. How can educated people be so STUPID. Let's hope that this decision will be changed.
 

June Marshall (395)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 9:32 pm
How wrong this is to bow down and change our practices because of the Muslim "cult". People have to know what has always been taught and what history was! Don't allow Muslims to take over the world which is exactly what people are allowing to happen. The world should be smart enough to know they shouldn't have to stoop for anyone, especially the Muslims. Who do they think they are that they can change the world to their beliefs and ways of thinking?
 

Bobbie W. (113)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 9:47 pm
This is simply inconceivable! we should never forget any of the injustice done to mankind lest we repeat it!
Should we also forget about slavery or the witch hunts that are unfortunately part of our history? I am also offended by the way the Native Americans have been treated. Should we not remember and learn from past mistakes?
By the way, I DID have to study the holocaust in high school-and I will NEVER forget!! It made me more aware of injustice around me and more determined to fight against it!
 

Ramona Gehl (141)
Friday April 6, 2007, 3:44 am
Why do so many nations cater to the Muslims? Let's leave relegion out of it and teach what needs to be taught!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Cathleen Cleary (58)
Friday April 6, 2007, 10:23 am
Pete,
You're a few years older than me, but I did learn about WW2 and the Holocaust when I was a child at secondary school in the Netherlands..And it's still taught in schools here and it will always be that way, because of the impact it had on the world...I find it shocking that children in England are being taught so little about WW2/the Holocaust...When I was at secondary school in Arnhem ( You may know about "a brigde too far") our history teacher invited some English veterans to tell about their experiences during the war...They repeated over and over again that people must never forget what happened!
I also read about it outside of school, saw documentaries, watched movies, etc..The Netherlands lost so many Jewish people, because of the Holocaust, but we must also never forget that it wasn't only the Jewish people who were prosecuted, gypsies, homoseksuals, etc. had to go to the concentration camps...
Concentration camps still exist in different parts of the world, so we must not forget.....
 

Cathleen Cleary (58)
Friday April 6, 2007, 1:29 pm
In the second to last sentence I meant persecuted and not prosecuted....
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 6, 2007, 2:16 pm
If we start hiding history for religious considerations for whomever we just take the risk of forgetting the lessons of our past and open again the paths to abuse and tragedies. We may as well forget to teach about the middle age inquisition not to offend the Christians, and why not remove slavery history as well not to hurt the nations who promoted it. We may as well make of Bonaparte a hero while millions died in his desires of a French Empire. History is history, it is about reporting objective facts supported by historical evidences in order to learn the lessons of our past to prevent their recurrence and help us all make a better world.
We may forgive our past but we may not forget it.
 

Kevin Carty (10)
Friday April 6, 2007, 3:02 pm
I believe that it isn't about what there teaching but the reason why they felt the need to stop. Its the same as Target in this country being railroaded by the muslims who refuse to handle any pork products at area stores. With the exception of muslim countries i may be wrong but i dont think that any give special consideration to christians for any reason. The fact that towns, cities and even countries now are making special considerations for muslims is absolutely repugnant. If you want to live in a secular society then the rules aren't changed for anybody for any reason, but thats just my opinion.
 

Artisina Storm (75)
Monday April 9, 2007, 7:03 am
I am so sick of this type of thing! Why are the muslims allowed to dictate to anybody? I don't care about their religion and I expect them to not care about mine. The truth is the truth and why are they exempt from it? If governments keep catering to them, soon all women will be forced out of all our rights and have to cover ourseves because women don't matter to them. Scares me, but I will die before I let them have rule over me. If I die trying to preserve the rights that women have fought so long for, then so be it. People need to open their eyes to what is happening. We are all being so open and tolerante to people who have no tolerance or understanding for us. I'm done!
 

Liesa Penrod (6)
Monday April 9, 2007, 9:17 am
As an educator myself, I understand the fine line that we walk when we teach. I believe that religious politics should be left out of public schools, however much of history and the motivations which were engaged were based on religious foundations and beliefs as well as politics. We cannot rewrite history to satisfy a few nor can we engage in political correctness in order to alleviate the consciences of our politicians. If we teach history then we must show our sources. The motivations for history's actions are those which run the entire gamut of human emotion--greed, fear, ignorance, religious and church influence, the desire to control resources etc... These are all integral parts of history and can't be erased--they happened and it is up to us to preserve this for future generations. We cannot help who this offends--we can however present history in a way that is open to dialogue and respectful to all students regardless of their backgrounds. To teach only the things that we choose is betrayal of the intellect and of our past.
 
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