‘Teaching of genocides needs to change’

Dorset Echo: Ellie Mullan Ellie Mullan

By ELLIE MULLAN, aged 17

ASK most people what the most important statistic is about genocides and the likely answer will be that six million Jewish people were murdered during the Holocaust.

I am thankful to live in a society where virtually everyone is aware of, and hates, what was inflicted on members of the Jewish religion.

However, when writing this article, I did some research about the number of genocides which have occurred throughout history.

The answer surprised and astonished me. Hundreds of events, most of which I have never heard of, filled my screen.

Dating from the 1490s to the present day, the systematic destruction of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups has permeated history.

This got me thinking – am I just the odd one out, or should young people (or people in general) have more awareness of these horrific events?

Being a history student, I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I did not have any knowledge of most of these genocides.

But what about everyone else?

Do young people care about these actions which wiped out entire populations, and if they don’t are they themselves to blame?

Looking at the Holocaust itself, there again seems to be some misconceptions in our knowledge.

Most associate the Holocaust with the Jewish religion, but many more groups were victims.

Soviet Communists, ethnic Poles, freemasons, Slovenes, homosexuals, disabled people, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Spanish Republicans were among others who were also murdered during this period.

The mistaken belief held that only Jews were affected is worrying, and leads me to argue the teaching of these events to both the young and old should change in order that they are not forgotten or wrongly remembered over time.

There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a learning platform for our generation.

The sense of unification and remembrance that is created every year is a source of hope that one day, genocide will end for good.

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3:33pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Preston Resident says...

The murder of 6 Million Jews was terrible, but we should also remember the millions of others, Trade unionists, intellectuals, gypsies etc who died in the gas chambers.
The murder of 6 Million Jews was terrible, but we should also remember the millions of others, Trade unionists, intellectuals, gypsies etc who died in the gas chambers. Preston Resident

6:44pm Sat 1 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?
What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them? David_divenghy2

9:12pm Sat 1 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.
Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire. David_divenghy2

9:59pm Sat 1 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.
You got censored because only you with your perverted views, could view genocide whether it be gypsy, Jews, trade union activists, MEN, WOMEN, into some perverse competitive debate.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.[/p][/quote]You got censored because only you with your perverted views, could view genocide whether it be gypsy, Jews, trade union activists, MEN, WOMEN, into some perverse competitive debate. woodsedge

10:02pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Genghis says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?
I think that is covered in Ellie Mullan's excellent article by this sentence, "There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history." I don't think it's possible to list every instance of genocidal behaviour in one short article.

As for "Bolshevik Jews", yes some Jews were Bolsheviks but Bolsheviks were in the main part not Jewish. Millions of people, including Jews,, were, as you rightly pointed out, just as much victims of Stalinist policies as they were of Nazi policies. The sort of genocides that the article says there should be more awareness about.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?[/p][/quote]I think that is covered in Ellie Mullan's excellent article by this sentence, "There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history." I don't think it's possible to list every instance of genocidal behaviour in one short article. As for "Bolshevik Jews", yes some Jews were Bolsheviks but Bolsheviks were in the main part not Jewish. Millions of people, including Jews,, were, as you rightly pointed out, just as much victims of Stalinist policies as they were of Nazi policies. The sort of genocides that the article says there should be more awareness about. Genghis

11:09pm Sat 1 Feb 14

shadow4two says...

As a high school English teacher (I teach 9th and 12th graders) I teach a "man's inhumanity to man" unit in school I cover genocides as far back as early Greece and Turkey...we also look at fairly current genocidal events like Rwanda and Darfur...don't mistake me though...I do cover the Holocaust but I try to stress to my students that there were so many people negatively impacted by the actions of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hirohito such as the Roma (gypsies), homosexuals, elderly, children, blacks, Poles, non-Christians, the infirm, etc. I can tell you though that it is extremely difficult to get my students to understand what life is like for those ...no matter when or where genocidal events have occurred...they just refuse to even attempt to wrap their brains around the fact that not everyone in the world (or even in the United States) has or had it is good as they do. They think they would shoot whoever tried to invade their home. They fail to understand that these type of people shoot first then ask questions IF you even survive being shot. Although it is important of of teach about genocidal events, it is not always easy to get students to understand why and how they happen because the mentality of most young people today is "that could not/would not happen to me."
As a high school English teacher (I teach 9th and 12th graders) I teach a "man's inhumanity to man" unit in school I cover genocides as far back as early Greece and Turkey...we also look at fairly current genocidal events like Rwanda and Darfur...don't mistake me though...I do cover the Holocaust but I try to stress to my students that there were so many people negatively impacted by the actions of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hirohito such as the Roma (gypsies), homosexuals, elderly, children, blacks, Poles, non-Christians, the infirm, etc. I can tell you though that it is extremely difficult to get my students to understand what life is like for those ...no matter when or where genocidal events have occurred...they just refuse to even attempt to wrap their brains around the fact that not everyone in the world (or even in the United States) has or had it is good as they do. They think they would shoot whoever tried to invade their home. They fail to understand that these type of people shoot first then ask questions IF you even survive being shot. Although it is important of of teach about genocidal events, it is not always easy to get students to understand why and how they happen because the mentality of most young people today is "that could not/would not happen to me." shadow4two

11:42am Sun 2 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

woodsedge wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.
You got censored because only you with your perverted views, could view genocide whether it be gypsy, Jews, trade union activists, MEN, WOMEN, into some perverse competitive debate.
You didn't even notice that the comment was never deleted did you woodsedge , before smashing your keys with your usual infantile vitriol exactly as i knew you would.

"What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?"

The moron fish took the worm.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.[/p][/quote]You got censored because only you with your perverted views, could view genocide whether it be gypsy, Jews, trade union activists, MEN, WOMEN, into some perverse competitive debate.[/p][/quote]You didn't even notice that the comment was never deleted did you woodsedge , before smashing your keys with your usual infantile vitriol exactly as i knew you would. "What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?" The moron fish took the worm. David_divenghy2

11:45am Sun 2 Feb 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Genghis wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?
I think that is covered in Ellie Mullan's excellent article by this sentence, "There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history." I don't think it's possible to list every instance of genocidal behaviour in one short article.

As for "Bolshevik Jews", yes some Jews were Bolsheviks but Bolsheviks were in the main part not Jewish. Millions of people, including Jews,, were, as you rightly pointed out, just as much victims of Stalinist policies as they were of Nazi policies. The sort of genocides that the article says there should be more awareness about.
They played a much larger role actually , directly responsible for many atrocities in the TENS of millions.

Here is an article you might wish to read in the respected Jewish Newspaper, "Ynet " accepting the facts that are never taught in schools, for some reason?

http://www.ynetnews.
com/articles/0%2C734
0%2CL-3342999%2C00.h
tml
[quote][p][bold]Genghis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?[/p][/quote]I think that is covered in Ellie Mullan's excellent article by this sentence, "There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history." I don't think it's possible to list every instance of genocidal behaviour in one short article. As for "Bolshevik Jews", yes some Jews were Bolsheviks but Bolsheviks were in the main part not Jewish. Millions of people, including Jews,, were, as you rightly pointed out, just as much victims of Stalinist policies as they were of Nazi policies. The sort of genocides that the article says there should be more awareness about.[/p][/quote]They played a much larger role actually , directly responsible for many atrocities in the TENS of millions. Here is an article you might wish to read in the respected Jewish Newspaper, "Ynet " accepting the facts that are never taught in schools, for some reason? http://www.ynetnews. com/articles/0%2C734 0%2CL-3342999%2C00.h tml David_divenghy2

12:53pm Sun 2 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.
You got censored because only you with your perverted views, could view genocide whether it be gypsy, Jews, trade union activists, MEN, WOMEN, into some perverse competitive debate.
You didn't even notice that the comment was never deleted did you woodsedge , before smashing your keys with your usual infantile vitriol exactly as i knew you would.

"What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?"

The moron fish took the worm.
No keys old chap, iPad ;-)
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: Why the censorship? Oppressive propaganda techniques ultimately backfire.[/p][/quote]You got censored because only you with your perverted views, could view genocide whether it be gypsy, Jews, trade union activists, MEN, WOMEN, into some perverse competitive debate.[/p][/quote]You didn't even notice that the comment was never deleted did you woodsedge , before smashing your keys with your usual infantile vitriol exactly as i knew you would. "What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?" The moron fish took the worm.[/p][/quote]No keys old chap, iPad ;-) woodsedge

8:36pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Genghis says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
Genghis wrote:
David_divenghy2 wrote:
What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?
I think that is covered in Ellie Mullan's excellent article by this sentence, "There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history." I don't think it's possible to list every instance of genocidal behaviour in one short article.

As for "Bolshevik Jews", yes some Jews were Bolsheviks but Bolsheviks were in the main part not Jewish. Millions of people, including Jews,, were, as you rightly pointed out, just as much victims of Stalinist policies as they were of Nazi policies. The sort of genocides that the article says there should be more awareness about.
They played a much larger role actually , directly responsible for many atrocities in the TENS of millions.

Here is an article you might wish to read in the respected Jewish Newspaper, "Ynet " accepting the facts that are never taught in schools, for some reason?

http://www.ynetnews.

com/articles/0%2C734

0%2CL-3342999%2C00.h

tml
Yes I agree with you that people of all ethnicities, ideologies and creeds have been responsible for appalling crimes. That is the whole basis of the very well thought out article above. Not to just remember the genocide that happened to one community in the Second World War but to raise awareness of all the victims in that war and also the atrocities committed elsewhere throughout history, whether that's long ago or in these so-called enlightened modern times.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Genghis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: What about the Tens of Million killed in Russia by Bolshevik Jews and their cohorts, you never hear about them?[/p][/quote]I think that is covered in Ellie Mullan's excellent article by this sentence, "There needs to be both more awareness of the range of groups affected by the Holocaust and the number of genocides that have polluted our history." I don't think it's possible to list every instance of genocidal behaviour in one short article. As for "Bolshevik Jews", yes some Jews were Bolsheviks but Bolsheviks were in the main part not Jewish. Millions of people, including Jews,, were, as you rightly pointed out, just as much victims of Stalinist policies as they were of Nazi policies. The sort of genocides that the article says there should be more awareness about.[/p][/quote]They played a much larger role actually , directly responsible for many atrocities in the TENS of millions. Here is an article you might wish to read in the respected Jewish Newspaper, "Ynet " accepting the facts that are never taught in schools, for some reason? http://www.ynetnews. com/articles/0%2C734 0%2CL-3342999%2C00.h tml[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with you that people of all ethnicities, ideologies and creeds have been responsible for appalling crimes. That is the whole basis of the very well thought out article above. Not to just remember the genocide that happened to one community in the Second World War but to raise awareness of all the victims in that war and also the atrocities committed elsewhere throughout history, whether that's long ago or in these so-called enlightened modern times. Genghis

10:09pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Tinker2 says...

shadow4two wrote:
As a high school English teacher (I teach 9th and 12th graders) I teach a "man's inhumanity to man" unit in school I cover genocides as far back as early Greece and Turkey...we also look at fairly current genocidal events like Rwanda and Darfur...don't mistake me though...I do cover the Holocaust but I try to stress to my students that there were so many people negatively impacted by the actions of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hirohito such as the Roma (gypsies), homosexuals, elderly, children, blacks, Poles, non-Christians, the infirm, etc. I can tell you though that it is extremely difficult to get my students to understand what life is like for those ...no matter when or where genocidal events have occurred...they just refuse to even attempt to wrap their brains around the fact that not everyone in the world (or even in the United States) has or had it is good as they do. They think they would shoot whoever tried to invade their home. They fail to understand that these type of people shoot first then ask questions IF you even survive being shot. Although it is important of of teach about genocidal events, it is not always easy to get students to understand why and how they happen because the mentality of most young people today is "that could not/would not happen to me."
That, in my opinion, seems a very well balanced and grounded approach to the curriculum. In reference to your last observation; the very heart of teaching about genocides, and the most important aspect, is to try and reach the learner, to get them to look beyond themselves. To try and get them to imagine the horror of genocides from the perspective of the victims. To be them, to live it, to grapple with the inhumanity. Consider also what motivates those that carry out such atrocities.
I don't think failure to understand is a modern problem, a problem of 'today', or even particalar to the young; it just reflects the very hard to understand reality that mankind can repeatedly carry out such monstrous violence on it's fellow human race.
[quote][p][bold]shadow4two[/bold] wrote: As a high school English teacher (I teach 9th and 12th graders) I teach a "man's inhumanity to man" unit in school I cover genocides as far back as early Greece and Turkey...we also look at fairly current genocidal events like Rwanda and Darfur...don't mistake me though...I do cover the Holocaust but I try to stress to my students that there were so many people negatively impacted by the actions of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hirohito such as the Roma (gypsies), homosexuals, elderly, children, blacks, Poles, non-Christians, the infirm, etc. I can tell you though that it is extremely difficult to get my students to understand what life is like for those ...no matter when or where genocidal events have occurred...they just refuse to even attempt to wrap their brains around the fact that not everyone in the world (or even in the United States) has or had it is good as they do. They think they would shoot whoever tried to invade their home. They fail to understand that these type of people shoot first then ask questions IF you even survive being shot. Although it is important of of teach about genocidal events, it is not always easy to get students to understand why and how they happen because the mentality of most young people today is "that could not/would not happen to me."[/p][/quote]That, in my opinion, seems a very well balanced and grounded approach to the curriculum. In reference to your last observation; the very heart of teaching about genocides, and the most important aspect, is to try and reach the learner, to get them to look beyond themselves. To try and get them to imagine the horror of genocides from the perspective of the victims. To be them, to live it, to grapple with the inhumanity. Consider also what motivates those that carry out such atrocities. I don't think failure to understand is a modern problem, a problem of 'today', or even particalar to the young; it just reflects the very hard to understand reality that mankind can repeatedly carry out such monstrous violence on it's fellow human race. Tinker2

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