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Holocaust Overload?

Should a French history teacher be suspended for “over-emphasizing” the Holocaust?

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Published: September 4, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 23

(23) Anonymous, September 19, 2010 7:31 PM

history teacher in Nancy suspended for Shoah teaching

I am French and my family survived in hiding, helped by many gentiles who risked their life to help Jews. I read the French press at the time of the incident. The fact is, budget for taking students to Nazi camps is being cut so fewer numbers will go next time. there was resentment about this, hostility soared against this teacher, petitions were signed to have her suspended. Inspectors came down in response to the petition. I suspect there was envy motivating hostile feelings leading to teacher's suspension. There was a sense that she should have used the word 'genocide' and not 'Shoah'!

(22) Odile, September 16, 2010 3:36 PM

letter

Thank you rabbi, I'm sending my letter right now. My grandmothers family came from Nancy. If anyone wants me to translate, I will gladly do it. BTW I found the address. thanks.

(21) TMay, September 12, 2010 7:54 PM

French history WW II and the Jews and others

They started rounding up foreign Jews for shipment to Auschwitz and then included French Jews. They rounded up anyone who was Jewish including Americans. Since the American Embassy was closed there was no one to whom to appeal. These round ups were conducted in Paris in the North and in the South in plain sight and were aided by laws passed earlier called Statutes on Jews requiring registration of Jews and the notice on their papers that they were Jews, and requiring Jews to wear yellow Stars of David on their clothes, and demoting them to second class citizens, and then the stripping away of their French citizenship, and taking away their telephones and radios, and imposing a curfew, and the round ups were participated in by the French police and by French government officials. The French government complained to the Nazis that they did not have the manpower to do what they had to do. Less Jews were killed from France proportionately than in other countries like Holland. I mentioned "Jews" but they were also rounding up and killing others, such as Gypsies, Leftist activists, communists, immigrants, Freemasons, Homosexuals, Protestants, and undesirables, called internal foreigners. Premier Chirac apologized on behalf of the French government in 1995 for it. Considering that government has police powers that normal people do not have, I do not understand how people can believe in larger and larger government. Scratch a bureaucrat, in fact just ask a question because you want to be within the law, and within minutes they are threatening you with their police powers, over small insignificant matters. They make up for their lack of ability to communicate with threats. And not only do we have a. 50% of Americans believing in and voting for bigger government but that same party believes in taking away one's guns through circuitous means if they can't do it straight forwardly.

(20) Anonymous, September 12, 2010 7:53 PM

Start at home

I think Jews should start in their own back yard. Why Jews choose to sing "Lechai olamim" to the tune ot the French National Athem I cannot figure out.

(19) Emily, September 12, 2010 7:41 PM

Never enough

I am 80 years old and people of my generation were stunned and shocked over the information regarding the Holocaust. Keep talking about it because w hen my generation is finally gone there will be a revision of history and that can never be permitted.

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