In the comment section of my blog, a follower gave a link to an article published today in The Telegraph, a British newspaper. The headline of the article is “Stop teaching about the holocaust so that children see Germany in a better light, says Lord Baker.” The article starts off with this statement: “British schools should no longer teach children about the Nazis because it makes them think less favourably of modern Germany, the architect of the National Curriculum has claimed.”
Amen to that!
I have said the same thing several times myself in my blog posts. I have particularly criticized the British for taking young students on a one-day trip to Auschwitz to be indoctrinated. Visitors cannot tour Auschwitz on their own now; I wrote about this here.
It was the British who originated the concept of concentration camps. Is that taught in British schools? I doubt it.
Pat Buchanan’s book Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World should be required reading for every British student.
This quote is from the article in The Telegraph:
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he said that schools should concentrate on teaching “the story in our own country” rather than the events of the Second World War, including the Holocaust.
Lord Baker, who introduced the National Curriculum in the 1980s, said: “I would ban the study of Nazism from the history curriculum totally.
“It’s one of the most popular courses because it’s easily taught and I don’t really think that it does anything to learn more about Hitler and Nazism and the Holocaust.
“It doesn’t really make us favourably disposed to Germany for a start, present-day Germany.”
In another comment on my blog, many months ago, an American professor of history wrote this: “Saying that Holocaust courses in the US teach students to hate Germans is nonsense. I teach Holocaust and German history courses in the US that certainly do not do that.”
In the same comment, the history professor wrote that prisoners were burned alive at Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, and that prisoners were marched out of the concentration camps near the end of the war for the purpose of killing them so that they would not be witnesses to the atrocities committed in the camps. What do students, who are taught this version of history, think about the German people? How can young Americans not hate the German people, after this kind of indoctrination?
Five states in the USA now mandate Holocaust education in public schools. Does this conflict with our Constitution which mandates the separation of church and state? I think it does, since the Holocaust has now become a world wide religion. America has a United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC although the Holocaust didn’t happen here and is not a part of American history.
Another blogger has written about the subject of the Jews promoting the hatred of the German people here.
Do British schools teach anything about the German “expellees?” I first heard about the millions of ethnic Germans who were expelled after World War II when I read a Letter to the Editor in a local newspaper about 15 years ago. Maybe there should be a new law that this must be taught in American schools.