Pupils from every school in England will visist Aushwitz
February 4, 2008 3:40am CST
Britain will help fund two students from every school in England to visit Auschwitz to learn about the Holocaust, in a bid to help teach the lessons of the genocide to the younger generation. Sixth-form students, typically between 16 and 18 years old, will meet with survivors of the Holocaust, and will be shown the camp's barracks, see inmates' registration documents, and piles of victims' clothes, shoes and hair. Do you think this will help to curb those Holocaust denial propagandists? all the best urban
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6 Feb 08
I went to Auschwitz when I was very young, and to see it for yourself you could just not deny it. But the problem I think is that those who deny it must have a political reason behind their doubt. If someone doesn't beleive in something, they would usually just not talk about it. To publicly deny something like this they surely have a political motive which you won't change. In their mind they probably all know it did happen, but for whatever reason they won't admit that. It is a good thing and important that we teach it in history though, keep it fresh in our minds. They do this well in German schools. It's a fragile subject of their not too distant past, many countries would not want to teach their children about it. But they do, which is quite commendable I think.
9 Feb 08
Hello urban, It's quite some time since I gave some response to any of your discussions. Actually I was busy with some other affairs. Well, the idea of sponsoring two students each from every school in England to visit the real theatres of holocaust is a very creative move from the part of the British Government. Everybody knows that the holocaust took place. Millions were tortured and killed in the gas chambers and concentration camps. May be the numbers claimed by the Zionists are exagerated. As we know tens of thousands of Communists and POWs and other sections like gypsies were also included in the holocaust. The young generation should have an idea of what really happened. I hope the proposed program will kindle lively discussion on the subject throughout England among the pupils of the nation.
• United States
5 Feb 08
I think that it is a step in the right direction. I think that it will be very hard on these young people to view the things that they will see. I know that it makes a lasting immpression on the adults that see them, even the ones that went there doubting the whole holocaust. It is very difficult to believe that such a thing could happen on such a large scale. They must also be told of the numbers of British soldiers, American soldiers, Poles, Russians, disabled Germans, mentally disabled and all the other people that were also killed and tortured just because they either did not measure up, or because they were enemies, it was not just Jews. Thank~you for posting this. I wish that other countries had the courage to teach their children the truth. In our state, they were showing the film Shindler's List. There was a special copy made just for the High Schools. I bought 50 copies and donated them to the various school districts. They were shown for one semester and them the Superintendent of schools pulled them from all the schools. Most of them were destroyed. Mine were shipped back to me as they were donated. It is now a banned book and movie in the school systems, no reason given. Shalom~Adonian
5 Feb 08
It's kind of refreshing, some positive step being taken, don't you think. As you say it wasn't just Jews, Russian POW particularly, estimates vary between 2 and 3 million. I know a lot of British soldiers were traumatised by what they found at the camps. I think for a time people got complacent, couldn't imagine that people would doubt, deny or forget but it is something that needs to be kept in peoples' minds. Owch, why did they destroy them? all the best urban
• New Zealand
8 Mar 08
Pogroms against the people of the Jewish faith have been their lot for hundreds of years. Whether it was Catherine of Russia or the Medicis of Italy the quality of bias and persecution was the same. Adolf Hitler raised this xenophobia to a hitherto unprecedented levels of systematic genocide. He did create an efficient infrastructure to isolate, exploit, experiment on and then decimate the Jewish populations of Germany and the occupied countries. Sending two students from each school would not stem the insiduous rot that is being preached by rabid preachers - it will only end up polarising the people who consider that that there is some truth in modern history from those of them who have grown up on a diet of falsehood. The money would be better spent in developing programs which while celebrating aspect of their religion teaches them to separate chaff from the grain. Cheers!