Letter to the
Study of Holocaust
mandated for schools is an outrage and morally/intellectually dishonest
With interest I read
Anna Patty’s report – SMH 8 December 2012 – stating that in NSW
schools ‘Holocaust’ studies is to become a compulsory subject for
all students in years 9 and 10.
At university level
students are aware that this subject is taught as an orthodoxy where
dissenting versions of any narrative is not tolerated.
I know of a lecturer in
Adelaide who dismissed a student’s probing and critical questions with
a rebuke such as: ‘Your question borders on the offensive’.
If teachers of
‘Holocaust’ studies retain the Socratic method within a given
curriculum framework, then a study of ‘Holocaust’ will automatically
question and challenge the pillars-premise-physical facts on which the
narrative rests: Germans systematically exterminated six million
European Jews mainly in homicidal gas chambers.
evidence suggests gassings were never carried out and hence without the
gassings claim Jewish suffering was no more or less than that
experienced by other nations’ populations.
A final point then also
needs to be mentioned to the students that in a number of countries
which claim to be ‘free and democratic’ it is a criminal offence to
question fundamentals of the ‘Holocaust’ narrative.
In view of the above it
seems rather farcical that Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive, Mr
Vic Alhadeff, claims:
‘The Holocaust is a
warning to every generation about the potential for evil, especially as
a consequence of racial hatred, and about the inherent evil of
totalitarian regimes,' Mr Alhadeff said. 'It teaches us that every
generation owes it to itself and to future generations to cherish and,
if necessary, fight to defend the sanctity of life, dignity and
Tell that to the
Palestinians who are still suffering unabated ethnic cleansing initiated
by Jews emerging from their ‘Holocaust’.
Dr Fredrick Töben
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