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Praising Paris

…Sarkozy's educational bombshell.

Published: February 23, 2008


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(22) Martin, March 8, 2008 4:51 PM

French are not the only Europeans to care about recent history in their school programs

FYI: German schools have been teaching Shoa for decades now and it an unseparatable part of German consciousness, for better present and future, B"H.
Perhaps, this is a noteworthy fact at this place, esp. given Rabbi Salamon's past statements about Germans nowadays.
All the best!

(21) Tova Wald, March 2, 2008 5:32 AM

I'm compelled to comment on Rabbi Salomon's statement.."are traumatized far worse than the holocaust..." referred to in this column. If you go down to the bottom you will read that the Rabbi is a psychotherapist which would seem to give credibility to the above statement. Eleven-year-olds or even their parents are not traumatized by the Holocaust because they are today far removed from it. They are traumatized by bad events or experiences that are current to which can they relate. Even the inmates of the concentration camps who survied and are alive today cannot feel the same as when they were in the midst of
the horrible reality. Those who miraculously survived knew that their struggle was not over. Physical survival is one thing but they had to rebuild their lives also mentally. They had to shore up their capability and will power to rebuild what had been taken away. Today there are many examples of this. Holocaust survivers play an active role in our society and contribute to our daily lives. May they continue in this path and be an example for us all.

(20) Anonymous, March 1, 2008 7:12 PM

far worse than the holocaust?

I usually appreciate what Dr. Salomon has to say. When I heard "far worse than the holocaust, I was sure I had heard incorrectly. Unless I am mistaken, Dr. Salomon's father was a Holocaust survivor. I was shocked that he actually said that especially since he is the son of a survivor (possibly two survivors - I don't know) but I looked at the comments and saw that I had not mis-heard. Perhaps Dr. Salomon would care to comment.

(19) Barbara, February 28, 2008 10:04 PM

Should you be emphazing the holocaust?

I wonder if you should be placing quite so much emphasis on the holocaust and the persecution of Jews, though it certainly needs to be known. This focus can end up making people think that since God allowed that to happen you must have deserved it. The Bible does say that you will bear the scorn of the nations and that would be due to what God was seeing in Israel. (the gentiles were much worse but they didn't know God from a lump of rock) The bottom line is that this is pretty negative and there is a lot on the positive side that isn't brought out. First thing is that God has a covenant with the nation of Israel and he will not break that. There should not even be any Jews! There aren't any Caananites or Hittites or other ites around now. If they could all disappear so could the Jews... but not the Jews plus God. That ship can't be sunk. Also God said you would be called back from the ends of the earth and that is what happened. Pretty awesome! Now all the neigbors are gunning for the itsy bitsy nation and they are getting nowhere. You should stand before the world and praise God for these things. Accentuate the positive more than the negative. You aren't losers, you are God's chosen people.

(18) Anonymous, February 28, 2008 9:16 PM

empathy...

lets hope that these french children learn something beyond the holocaust. let's hope they can take what they learn from the children lost in the holcaust and apply it in a larger sense. that they learn to empathize with the suffering of others and act in a way to stop it. many people, not only Jews, have suffered greatly because people are not able to see those who are different as equally human. let's hope that these children learn the importance of empathy. never forget, that Jew or non-Jew, we all have the same Father.

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