One in 10 Dutch teachers have students who deny the Holocaust says survey

The figure doubles for those working in areas with a high population of new immigrants


ORANIENBURG, GERMANY - JANUARY 27: Carnations hang at the infamous entrance gate that reads: "Arbeit macht frei", or "Work sets one free" at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial on January 27, 2020 in Oranienburg, Germany. January 27th will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, the most notorious of the many Nazi concentration camps. The Nazis began the operation of Sachsenhausen in 1936, initially as a prison for their political opponents, but later used it for other groups, including Jews and Soviet prisoners of war. Sachsenhausen was the first camp to test the use of gas chambers for perfecting the mass murder of prisoners. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

(JNS) A new survey has revealed that one-in-ten Dutch teachers have students who deny the Holocaust, with teachers working in areas with a high immigrant population saying 25 per cent of their students express similar views.

Of 400 surveyed teachers, almost 10 per cent overall and 25 per cent of those with classes that had more than a quarter of immigrant students told the Dutch daily Nederlands Dagblad that they have encountered students who deny that the Holocaust took place.

Vincent Pap, history teacher at Oostvaarders College in Almere told the paper that students tell him that the Holocaust “is used to justify the state of Israel’s attitude toward Palestine.”

Another teacher said that students “always come round” when they learn stories from survivors or see photos from World War II and the Holocaust.

The 10 per cent of teachers who regularly teach about the subject only reported a rate of student Holocaust denial of 1 per cent.

Many Holocaust memorials have been erected in the Netherlands, particularly in Amsterdam and The Hague and The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which is nearly 65 years old, is consistently one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands

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