Auschwitz-Birkenau should be a compulsory trip for British schoolchildren

November 24, 2016 23:04

I read this morning that the the memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau "saw more than 1.4 million visitors in 2011, a record high for the former death camp. " via

It is part of the curriculum for Polish school children to visit the camp as part of their history. Polish people I speak to who have come to live in the UK, say that the memories of visiting the death camp, has left them with memories that they will never forget, and will pass on this to their children and grandchildren.

So why are our children in the UK excluded from these trips?

Back in 2007 a BBC article explained that the teaching of the "holocaust" would be stopped, as they do not want to cause "offence".

According to the report..."Teachers fear meeting anti-Semitic sentiment, particularly from Muslim pupils, and the government-funded study by the Historical Association said the same"

In other words,what I am hearing is that the growth in "holocaust denial" has gained more strength than the holocaust itself.

How can an educational body,deny the existence of something that was part of history? Why has the British teaching unions decided that to teach the horror of a concentration camp, which killed millions, be offensive to those who are not "jewish" or indeed offend those who were not affected by it?

Teaching unions who believe that teaching the holocaust in some way offends, should take a trip to Auschwitz.

Maybe their understanding of history is in need of some education.


November 24, 2016 23:04

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