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Posted: April 30, 2007                                     ב"ה -
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History Counts
Rabbi Shea Hecht
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Many say that history is just one person's recollection of events and therefore not necessarily accurate. Every generation lives through history. Depending on your age it could be men walking on the moon, the Vietnam War, Kennedy's assassination or a variety of other things. Almost certainly if you're reading this today, you have lived through the bombing of the FBI building in Oklahoma, both bombings of the World Trade Center and the capture and hanging of Sadamm Hussein. It happened in our time yet it is all history.

There's one part of recent history that is often under attack as counterfeit or melodramatic and that is the Holocaust. The problem with declaring it a falsehood is that there are people that are around today who have lived through the Holocaust, both perpetrators and victims. Over the past 60 years, there have been thousands of witnesses and thousands of feet of documentary proving that the Holocaust DID happen. So it's hard to deny it, but some do it with ease anyway. 

As much as this phenomenon irks me, I sort of expect the anti-Semite to deny the Holocaust, and I am not shocked that Muslim countries deny the Holocaust. The Holocaust, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism seem to go hand in hand.

The thing that really bothered me is this: A report by the U.K. Department for Education and Skills saying that schools in England are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils.

"Some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial," is the reason given by the schools for dropping the Holocaust from its curriculum.

These children are told at home or by Muslim preachers that the Holocaust never happened, and teachers aren't challenging that misinformation, they're caving in and keeping quiet so as not to contradict the Muslim view which is based on lies.

Some English schools are also dropping lessons on the Crusades. And again, not even for the poor excuse that such teaching might cause social conflict, but rather because "lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques." The local mosques teach and spread the lies and hatred and the English school system soaks it up and caves in by not contradicting what the children learn at home.

The implications of the move the English made are broad and frightening.  That they can simply skip some parts of history to please one group of people, a group that has caused them so much trouble, can only have dire consequences for their country. Also, ironically, such behavior reinforces racism, intolerance and hatred in the name of political correctness which is supposed to battle these very problems.

I think it's even more frightening that the English populace gave in like sheep to slaughter. There were no riots or mass protests to demand this rush to perpetuate and protect ignorance. This is a preemptive surrender, offered before it was even demanded.

I guess it was "Fears [that] Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in class," as cited in press reports was the reason for the move. Is it possible that the English feel their days of having any influence over the Muslim students are over? That is quite a frightening thought. 

The Muslims have been doing this "Holocaust never happened" bit for quite a few years. Recently the Palestinian Media Watch reported that the Palestinian Authority is also systematically teaching its children to deny the Holocaust ever happened.

The PA has handed out new 12th grade textbooks which were written by the Center for Developing Palestinian Curricula, an organization which is supported by foreign funding and bears a special "thanks" to Belgium.

The new PA history books, "History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century", makes no mention of the Holocaust, though it   includes comprehensive information on the events of World War II - except those relating to Jews.

The new materials which will be used to mold young  PA Arab minds were found to indoctrinate the children toward Jewish  genocide, both ideologically and physically.
Former PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud A-Zahar, who is now a member of the  Palestinian Legislative Council, was quoted recently in a Hamas  newspaper as saying, "Germany is imprisoned by a complex of the so-called 'Holocaust' and they suffer from it."

The PA is one thing, but the fact that any European country can deny the Holocaust,  especially England who suffered so much from WWII, is appalling. Their taking part in this denial does not say much for the English nor can it portend anything good.

It cannot end well. It's not just that the schools, which are entrusted with preserving democratic society by teaching democracy is betraying our trust. There is something more than that. It's that history is being dropped for fear of offending some students. History does count. The famous quote is "If history isn't learned it's bound to be repeated". I'm afraid that the European countries that bow to the pressure not to teach history properly will end up learning the hard way.

 


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