NEVER AGAIN: We must teach students about the Holocaust – Lumen Student News

BY TUDOR DIXON

Over the last several years, there have been numerous incidents of anti-Semitism in schools and on college campuses.

  • In February, several students at Paradise Valley High School in Arizona were “disciplined” after they were photographed lying on the ground in the form of a swastika.
  • A swastika was scrawled on whiteboards in the dorms of the uber-liberal New School in New York City.
  • In Georgia, a high school student was accused of drawing a swastika in the grass on the football field.
  • At California’s Davis Senior High School, a swastika and “Sieg Hil” (sic) were found in a bathroom last year. This kid was so uninformed, he or she didn’t even spell it correctly.
  • In Stoughton, Massachusetts, a student made a swastika out of tape while decorating the halls. When another student objected, the student then allegedly made “a comment” about Adolf Hitler killing Jews during the Holocaust.

Sadly, this list could go on and on.

These are likely not the result of anti-Semitism, but instead, of ignorance — an ignorance borne from a lack of awareness and education.

Schools today struggle to talk about the Holocaust. Some contend it’s because of time constraints. Others say they don’t want to traumatize children.

There is no bliss in ignorance.

That’s why we at Lumen Student News believe it’s important for students to hear directly from survivors of the Holocaust.

“The Holocaust wasn’t committed by monsters,” writes Karen Pollack, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

“The perpetrators were, in most cases, ordinary people, with friends, families, hobbies – they were not dissimilar to you to me. Yet, they committed the most heinous of crimes. We need young people to understand the victims, to understand what happened and how, and just as importantly, to consider who the perpetrators were and to understand the choices that those people made that had the most horrific of consequences. Learning about and understanding the complexities of the Holocaust gives young people the opportunity to explore their own choices, their behaviours and their role in society.”

On Holocaust Memorial Day, we will air a 10-minute special featuring survivors who will bravely tell their horrifying stories so kids not only learn about the past, but will work to prevent such atrocities from occurring in the future.

We’re asking you, our supporters, to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign that will help to produce the special that will be released on April 12.

It is incumbent upon today’s students to declare “Never Again” and to know why we cannot allow despots and tyrants to commit such acts in the future.

Please support our worthwhile project here.

Tudor Dixon is CEO of Lumen Student News.