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No Holocaust education?

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2007-04-02



A small number of schools in Britain are dropping teaching the Holocaust for fear it may offend some pupils, a Government funded report by the Historical Association has found.

According to the report, teachers have taken Holocaust education out of the classroom for fear it may inspire some Muslim pupils to express anti-Semitism.

The report revealed that teachers are worried about having to deal with "anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils".

According to Holocaust Educational trust chief executive Karen Pollock, while there may be a number of isolated cases where teachers fear teaching about the Holocaust, there is much positive impact teaching can make.

"We find that learning about the Holocaust can inspire young people to make a difference today," she said. "Whether it is in their own communities, such as campaigning against far right groups that promote hate and division or further afield, raising awareness about current genocide such as Darfur  - which we are witnessing today.”

While the teaching of the Holocaust is not currently compulsory, there are plans for it to be part of the new national curriculum from next year.