‘I want all students to see Auschwitz’ – UK Minister of Education

UK Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi said last Tuesday that he believes all students in Britain’s schools should travel to Auschwitz in Poland.

Zahawi told the Jewish Chronicle that “we have to make sure that young minds really see this place, experience this place and understand what happened here, and that they promise ‘never again’ for future generations,” adding that the trip will help the Future generations “understand how important our fight against anti-Semitism is.”

Zahawi had recently returned from a tour of the Auschwitz Memorial in Oswiecim Poland. The tour, organized by the EJA (European Jewish Association), which hosts a two-day conference to mark the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Auschwitz was one of the most infamous death camps in Nazi-ruled Europe. 1.1 million victims eventually perished at Auschwitz, according to researchers.

Zahawi feels that the atrocities committed within the 400-acre complex, which was known for its gas chambers and massive crematoriums, are a good starting point for Holocaust education, and says that “the scale is unimaginable. No roll of film, no newscast can really describe what this place is like, and how systematic and disturbing it is that human beings, 7,000 of them, came to work here, murdering innocent souls, day after day. “

Gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau (credit: VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

“It’s the only way,” Zahawi concluded.

Earlier this month, 2,000 British residents were surveyed about their knowledge of the Holocaust, and they found that a staggering 52% did not know how many Jews perished in the Holocaust (approximately 6 million), while 22% could not name a single field. concentration.

EJA President Rabbi Menachem Margolin declared that “Europe is fighting anti-Semitism, but it is not winning yet”, calling Holocaust education “a vaccine against Europe’s oldest and most virulent virus.”


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