Today is Holocaust Day, a day of remembrance,
a day to reflect on the millions of innocents who had their liberties destroyed
and their lives terminated in the most horrific ways in the furtherance of a
political dream. Let their suffering
never be forgotten, we must never forget.
We must never forget to ensure that this
never happens on this planet again.
Whilst the emphasis for the Holocaust has
always been on the millions of Jews who suffered in the hands of the Nazi’s, it
must also be remembered that hundreds of thousands of Blacks, Gypsies, mentally
ill, disabled, trade unionists, political opponents, homosexuals, petty criminals and social misfits also suffered along side
It was not just ethnic cleansing of the
worst kind, it was also social cleansing.
Unfortunately the majority of youth in Britain
are not aware of these facts, because History along with Geography as core curriculum subjects were dropped many
years ago, and children instead find themselves being taught personal, social and health education (PSHE),
which covers sex and drugs advice and vocational courses.
History has always taught us that those who
study history learn the lessons of the past, and the risk of repeating events
like the rise of Nazism, the Holocaust and maybe nuclear war are much reduced.
A teenager’s view of the world today tends
to be very insular, with little or no knowledge of the world at large, which
countries are where, what their capitals are, what the political make up of a
country is, or how history shaped the world and its peoples into the planet
that we live on now.
Teaching Nationalism or Britishness, as
suggested by Brown and Straw is divisive, and can only lead to the insular
thinking that allowed the rise of the Nazi Party in 1937. A Department for Education and Skills
spokesman said: “Having an understanding of history is vital. That's why
all five to14-year-olds must study history with a particular focus on British
What they are being taught fails to put Britain
in perspective, as part of the bigger world, and its place in that world. It fails to teach the interaction through
time that Britain has had with other countries, other political systems, the
wars it has fought and why, whether they were right or wrong, whether they were
just or stupid, and in particular does not teach of the Holocaust, claiming
that to do so would be insensitive, and
does not take into account our multicultural make up.
That is exactly WHY it must be taught in
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
has argued for the use of more dates in history to build up “the big
picture”, but government is adamant that Britishness is the way forward.
With a government view that is both insular
and divisive, it is unfortunately a reality that this country will be heading
for a new Holocaust, one upon its own people.
The Government have already enabled laws that
would allow such events to take place, camps are being built under the guise of
a mismanaged Home Office and a Prison Service with no spare places, and are
still pushing for more and more inward looking draconian laws.
We have to pray that the youth of today,
from all cultures and backgrounds, are a little more worldly wise than we give
them credit for.