California school district defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust

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Holocaust denial is being explored in our nation’s public school districts. Now we see how low the public school system has sunk … to the depths of hell. Reality is being debated in the public school. Truth is murdered, reason is a thought-crime, morality an unspeakable evil.

Recognizing reality is subject to a club of destroyers bent on imposing their subversive, evil agenda.

In 1945, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, anticipated that someday an attempt would be made to recharacterize the Nazi crimes as propaganda and took steps against it:

The same day[19] I saw my first horror camp. It was near the town of Gotha. I have never been able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency. Up to that time I had known about it only generally or through secondary sources. I am certain however, that I have never at any time experienced an equal sense of shock.

I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that “the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda”. Some members of the visiting party were unable to go through with the ordeal. I not only did so but as soon as I returned to Patton‘s headquarters that evening I sent communications to both Washington and London, urging the two governments to send instantly to Germany a random group of newspaper editors and representative groups from the national legislatures. I felt that the evidence should be immediately placed before the American and the British publics in a fashion that would leave no room for cynical doubt.[20]

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Photo: April 12, 1945: Generals Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George S. Patton inspect, at Ohrdruf forced labor camp, an improvised crematory pyre

“EXCLUSIVE: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust,” Beau Yarbrough

05/04/2014 08:07:30 PM

RIALTO >> The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.”

The district says the assignment is merely to teach students to evaluate the quality of evidence made by advocates or opponents of an issue.

“When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment reads. “For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain. Based upon your research on this issue, write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim. You are also required to use parenthetical (internal) citations and to provide a Works Cited page.”

On Friday, the Los Angeles-based Anti-Defamation League was critical of the April argumentative writing research project and expressed its concerns to Rialto Unified’s interim superintendent, Mohammad Z. Islam.

“An exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust denial,” wrote Matthew Friedman, associate regional director of the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League, in an email on Friday.

“It is also very dangerous to ask junior high school students to question the reality of the Holocaust on their own, given the sheer volume of denial websites out there,” he wrote.

“If these questions do come up, it’s better to show the huge preponderance of evidence that’s out there (testimony, documentation, death camp sites, archaeology, etc.) and to also question why people would question the reality of the Holocaust (many motivated not by historical curiosity, but by anti-Semitism). Also, who are the people questioning the Holocaust and what do real historians say? This is more of an issue of teaching good information literacy.”

The project was designed by district teachers and assigned during the eighth grade’s “Diary of Anne Frank” unit, according to district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri.

The Common Core state standards, which have been adopted by most states and the District of Columbia, emphasize critical thinking in students, which is what the assignment is intended to teach, according to school board member Joe Martinez.

“One of the most important responsibilities for educators is to develop critical thinking skills in students,” Martinez wrote in an email Friday morning. “This will allow a person to come to their own conclusion. Current events are part of the basis for measuring IQ. The Middle East, Israel, Palestine and the Holocaust are on newscasts discussing current events. Teaching how to come to your own conclusion based on the facts, test your position, be able to articulate that position, then defend your belief with a lucid argument is essential to good citizenship. This thought process creates the foundation for a good education. The progression is within district board policy and also supports the district’s student inspired motto: ‘Today’s Scholars, Tomorrow’s Leaders.’”

Rialto Unified has received no complaints regarding the assignment, according to Jafri.

“There is no doubt the Holocaust was one of the most horrific, traumatic time-pieces in our history,” she wrote in an emailed response Friday afternoon. “We want our students to engage in developing critical thinking skills and have an in-depth perspective on the importance of the Holocaust. Although I received one email last week in reference to this subject, the district has not received any concerns about this writing prompt from any teachers, administrators or parents. However, due to its sensitive nature, we are always open to go back and examine the prompt.”

Historians estimate 6 million Jews — about two of every three in Europe — were killed by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945, after they were imprisoned along with other “undesirables,” including Communists, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma (Gypsies), Socialists and others. The Jews were killed as part of the Nazi Party’s “Final Solution” — their euphemism for the genocide of the Jewish people.

The century-old Anti-Defamation League was founded “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” according to its website.

The ADL offers its own Holocaust resource for educators, Echoes and Reflections, which Friedman said is better than turning middle school students loose on the Internet. (He will be training Southern California educators on the program on Wednesday in Rancho Mirage.)

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  • Patti York

    My GOD this is maddening!

  • http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/ BobSmith101

    There is only one thing you need to know about this – the “interim superintendent” is named, Mohammad Z. Islam.

    The rest is PC run amok.

    • Miriam Esther

      i thought you were being sarcastic …. but the truth is that is the name of the interim superintendent ….. unbelievable!
      http://kec.rialto.k12.ca.us/

      • Louise Binzel

        I thought he was being sarcastic too…. lol. Wow… yeah…he’s against Judaism…. so it’s his agenda to bring it into question… as if anorexia were prevalent enough at that time that they could hire… which was an inconceivable idea at that time… it should be unthinkable today, but this administration loves to hire actors…anyone to pretend to be dead in pit… there are hundreds of bodies in the pits shown in some of those pictures… and millions of family members missing globally… you can’t fake that.

    • Miriam Esther

      and their director of communications: Syeda Jafri

    • sakovkt

      This is a good treatment of propaganda:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda

      Point being, we don’t need to bring up as controversial a subject as Holocaust Denial for a lesson on propaganda.
      That choice was specious and deliberate.

  • Guest

    15 yr-old submits a ‘Holocaust denial’ report called Holohoax, & gets an ‘A’

    An American educator gives an ‘A’ for a report that includes comments like this:
    “The Germans were against typhus, which was the real reason for shaving
    heads, fumigating buildings, and cremating corpses.”

    http://www.israelandstuff.com/15-yr-old-submits-a-holocaust-denial-report-called-holohoax-gets-an-a#comment-18901

  • Phillip Pasmanick

    15 yr-old submits a ‘Holocaust denial’ report called Holohoax, & gets an ‘A’

    An American educator gives an ‘A’ for a report that includes comments like this:
    “The Germans were against typhus, which was the real reason for shaving
    heads, fumigating buildings, and cremating corpses.”
    http://www.israelandstuff.com/15-yr-old-submits-a-holocaust-denial-report-called-holohoax-gets-an-a

    • Xwingfighter1138

      Thanks for the link.
      Not sure how this is an “A” paper, it has grammatical flaws and misspellings. But amazingly it ignores volumes of certified history and presents ridiculous notions as facts. For example, she states that gas was used to delouse prisoners; nowhere have I seen Zyclon B used to kill bugs. Also, why were people kept in such deplorable conditions in the first place? Oh, right-because the Allies bombed the food supplies of the hapless, blameless Germans!
      This young lady needs a good history lesson; she is too young to be condemned, but she needs to see history for what it really was and look into the intentions of the people spreading disinformation. She might look at what the Nazis did to Russia, too.

    • Larry S.

      In fairness, the sentence you quoted is representative of how many eighth graders- even bright ones- write. I’d be more concerned with the sources that the kid used, and how he evaluated their authenticity.
      My guess is this kid will grow up to be a Holocaust denier, in service to some ideology or other. How much of this twaddle can government of the people, by the people and for the people withstand?

  • http://wp.me/1Dq7l Jupiter C.

    Perhaps the adl should have questioned the matter in another way. E.g., what is the particular liberal agenda, that thinks it’s a good thing to question an unquestionable event. However; the adl is a politically liberal-biased Jewish organization & their loyalties are misplaced. They support the Libs & their obama.

  • Xwingfighter1138

    This is the type of thing the Islamic Supremacy crowd thinks is a good idea, but it will backfire. Many will learn of the horrors committed in the name of hatred and will make connections to the precursors and the similarities to certain movements today.

    We are still free! An assignment like this will show it.

    • islamisdrek

      No, you aren’t free. In the USA you’re not free in Dearbornistan, Michigan — as Christians who have peacefully proselytized their faith have found out the hard way, from a jail cell.

  • Elana Rose Starr

    I am horrified that there hasn’t been one complaint. I haven’t found a FB page for the acting superintendent, the director of communications, or even the school. What can thinking people do about insidious actions? .

    • aspacia

      This stems from Rialto, Rodney King’s neighborhood. I was teaching in Rialto’s Eisenhower High when the OJ verdict was announced. Neighbors could hear the studen shouts of joy 2 blocks away. I left.

  • dougiefresh85

    Time for the Jewish Avengers to come back. Read about them and you’ll agree. Islam is a scourge on the planet.

  • Larry S.

    These are indeed thought-provoking questions for 15-year olds to ponder. I’d like to suggest some additional topics for consideration by these “educators” (no doubt with degrees from Ed Schools):

    1:) Did Dwight David Eisenhower exist as an actual historical figure, or was he a composite of a cabal created by Nixonian conspirators to promote a racist, anti-Russian agenda?
    2) Was World War II a Jewish hoax?
    3) Was George Washington really the first president of the USA?
    4:) Was Christopher Columbus a Sunni or a Shiite?

    The Holocaust of European Jewry (as well as the Roma people) is one of the best documented events of history. I very much question the motives of the teachers responsible for asking eighth graders to debate phoney issues like this. And even if the motives were benign, asking students that age to deal with such questions so easily so easily lends itself to abuse, that questions like this should not be posed as part of the the study of history. Their role as students is to learn the essential facts of history, not to debate the historiogaphy of the lunatic fringe.

    • Kathy Kohn

      o.k larry i agree with everything you said but and this is not to start a fight but a little known fact george washington was not r frist president. he was r frist elected president but not r frist president. i will try to look it up and post it here. but there was in fact i think one or two that were appointed to the presidance but were not elected to the office by the people as george washington was.

      • Larry S.

        Well if you can’t have a good fight on a site like this, then what’s the point? So put ‘em up you &*(^ *@#$ f&^%$&*! I stand by my implicit claim that ole George was the first prez of the USA, and I challenge anyone to refute my claim. You some sort of communist? Or maybe youse thinks the first president of the USA was Mohammed Ibn al-Whosit?

        But hey, I’ll be delighted to be shown wrong about this one. I think I could have great fun exposing the feet of clay of supposedly knowledgeable people!

        • Kathy Kohn

          o.k your not going to be exposing anything today and you will be shown that your wrong and i will be happy to be the one to do it:) and really if you want to fight i,ll be happy too and no i,m not a communist!!!!!! but you on the other hand should do a little bit more studying if you can read that is:) heres your link(http://www.marshallhall.org/hanson.html)

        • Kathy Kohn

          oh by the way not only was washington not the frist president of the u.s he was not the 2nd or 3rd or 4th or 5th or 6th. he was in fact the 7th president of the u.s but as i said before he was in fact the frist to be voted in by the people.

          • SEGrady

            Kathy, as an history teacher let me correct you. Mr. Hanson was the first CONTINENTAL CONGRESS President…a title distinctly different from President of the United States. The Executive office of President did not exist until 1789 when the US Constitution was ratified by all the “then” states. Prior to this there was NO office of the US President, there was merely the title President of the Continental Congress. (This would be similar to Speaker of the House that we have today) So, George Washington is in fact the FIRST US President. Further, your horrible source claims that Washington would have been “Crowned King” were it not for Hanson. That is simply not true and any historian worth their weight in salt will tell you George Washington was in a position to be King even after he was twice elected to the office of US President…it is only because Washington was a man of honor and a man who did not believe in monarchy’s that it did not happen. He stepped down and retired to his home of his own accord.

          • Kathy Kohn

            Was George Washington Our First President? No! He was our first president of the United States under the Constitution of the United States. However, there were others that served as president before him under the Articles of Confederation, and the Continental Congress. so as you can see washington was r frist president but under the constitution as it now is. but again he was not r frist president. no matter what you want to call them now there were men who were called president before washington. i never said he was not a man of honor but he was in fact not r frist president. but he was the frist president who was voted in by the people under the new constitution

          • SEGrady

            Kathy, I will only teach this to you once more and then I will assume you lack the capacity to grasp simple concepts. George Washington was the First President of the United States. Were there other men who held the title of President? Sure, but then I guess by your definition the President of Harvard would be ahead of Washington, or the President of the local men’s club. That is simply utterly ridiculous to conclude that the “title” President is equal to the position of POTUS. Frankly, Hanson did NOT govern over the people of the various states in America…They would most certainly have objected to any orders he may have given or laws he attempted to enforce upon them. Conversely, George Washington was so loved that even before he took the oath of office as the POTUS his directions were already being followed. You need a serious education and a good start would be in grammar or writing!

          • Kathy Kohn

            for you being a teacher tells me why our kids are having such a hard time in school. seeing you are willing to go so low as to start insulting people who don,t see things as you do i really do feel bad for the kids you teach and know that there is no way for you to see outside the little box you have put yourself in. i don,t care what words you use to try to fool yourself into believeing you are right history tells a diffdent story. do your research outside of what you think you know and you just might learn something new. i do so feel sorry for people like you so narrow minded you have to put other people down to try to prove you point. its sad really very very sad tells me alot about teachers.

          • John Winslow

            How could Hanson be President of the United States if the United States did not exist. There is a vast difference between the position of President of the United States and President of Continental Congress. One has vast powers of legislating over and entire country…. Kathy, do you know which one?

          • Kathy Kohn

            you know john this is what i,m trying to say if you say george washington everyone knows who your talking about right?

            if you say john hanson no one knows who your talking about right?

            these men who hald the title of president way before washington who helped lay the framework of what the u.s was to become do they not deserve the same respect as the others who have hald that title since.

            here is a little of what john hanson did to help lay the farmework for the u.s and he was known as president and called such.(Hanson, as President, ordered all foreign troops off American soil,
            as well as the removal of all foreign flags. This was quite a feat, considering
            the fact that so many European countries had a stake in the United States since
            the days following Columbus. Hanson established the Great Seal of the United
            States, which all Presidents have since been required to use on all official
            documents. President
            Hanson also established the first Treasury Department, the first Secretary of
            War, and the first Foreign Affairs Department. Lastly, he declared that the
            fourth Thursday of every November was to be Thanksgiving Day, which is still
            true today)

            now he may not have been the frist president under the new constitution but does that mean him and the others that served and held that title did less then washington to make the u.s the u.s? no they laided the groundwork for washington to do what he did and without them the u.s may not have come about the way she did.

            so to me they deserve the same respect as washington did when he held the title of president.
            and no where can i find that washington was the frist president. yes the frist president that was voted in after the constitution was written but not the very frist one.

          • Kathy Kohn
          • Kathy Kohn

            now if you can read please do so and try to open your mind to the fact that george washington was not our frist president.

            http://www.calodges.org/ecrl/Was%20George%20Washington%20Our%20First%20President.html

          • John Winslow

            Judging from her massacre of the English language, Kathy was probably as horrid in history as she is in grammar and spelling.

          • ColonelNeville

            I salute your logical fallacy laden sophistry. Your Marxist Critical Theory infected mind can be saved…perhaps.

          • Kathy Kohn

            no thank you i don,t need to be saved by someone like you and i don,t need to be a sheeply like most . now you all have a nice day:)

    • Randy

      Muslims are anti Semitic by definition, the Koran and the Hadith are riddled with denigrating, derogatory, inciting, anti Jewish texts which refer to the Jews as eternal enemies of Islam that must be purged in a Holy War a.k.a Jihad!!… If hate laws were not a Muslim swindle and would be applied with out prejudice, large amounts of American Muslims would have to be prosecuted and the Koran would have been outlawed…

      The biggest enemies of the west are not the barbaric savages of Islam, but rather the international left that aids and abets the Islamic vision of destroying the west.

    • Louise Binzel

      I wonder who came up with the topic for debate. Was it the principal or a teacher or that age group head of history… etc. You can’t debate what is true. You can take a hot topic, such as abortion, should minimum wage be increased, global warming and hold debates… but as a future educator… the way to treat these, because they are so emotionally charged, is to assign the students to their side. This alleviates responsibility for picking a side and keeps bullying at bay. But to take a real and horrific issue and ask students to debate it…. well.. those who assigned it are not good educators and do not understand what debates are used for in the classroom. They hoped that students would start thinking it’s a hoax… that is the agenda for teaching that…. to cloud it with possibility instead of facts….I would ask for the removal of the principal and the teacher(s) involved. Any teacher worth his/her salt would have stood up against that lesson plan.

  • John62

    Holocaust denial is becoming more and more mainstream, My own father has devolved into such thinking with the help of his religious cult promoting replacement theology and a warped source of “news”, the anti-semitic rag “American Free Press”

    • Larry S.

      John, please commend to your father’s attention Martin Glibert’s The Holocaust. I am grateful that you seem not to have been seduced by such a massive effort the escape reality.

      • John62

        Thank you. Appreciate the resource.

    • muslim

      What religion is he?

  • islamisdrek

    Islam0nazis and their useful collaborators have been re-writing history for decades. National Geographic has been carefully whitewashing islam0nazism as a factor in the 75 years of unending islamic terrorism in India and Israel for at least that long.

  • AltheSpiceman

    I wonder if they would approve an assignment requiring students to write an essay on Osama bin Laden, terrorist thug or strict adherent to the teachings of Mohammad? You know how far that would get.

    • Larry S.

      Osama bin Laden, terrorist thug or strict adherent to the teachings of Mohammad

      Al, that would not be a fair question. At very least you’d have to put “or both” at the end of your phrase!

  • moriah steiner

    Why don’t they have the children write an essay on the legitimacy of Islamaphobia, citing proof texts and statistics? You know, you have to ask yourself what is wrong with Muslims when they are so obsessed with Jews.. I bet they can’t sleep at night just aggravated beyond belief there is an independent Jewish State in the heart of the Middle East. A Middle East swarming with Jew-hating anti-Semites who dream of spilling the blood of JUST.ONE.JEW. Every accusation is really an expression of what they want to do to the Jews. It is such a sickness born of deep hatred..

    • Larry S.

      I see it as simply one more example of the Moslem effort to dehumanize Jews. You see, moriah, those clever but invidious Jews invented this preposterous scenario called the Holocaust to justify their efforts to take over the world, blah blah blah. See how evil they are, young one.

      It makes it so easy for young Moslems to not see the humanity of, in this case, Jews. And they are aided in the effort in this regard by that hateful book of twaddle known as the Koran.

      • IslamIsTyranny

        The koran is nothing in comparison to the rabid Jew hatred found in the ahadith of islam. A Jew hatred no less holey than that found in the holey quran.

  • garyfouse

    Critical thinking skills?? By thinking about whether a documented event ever really happened? How about arguments about the Easter Bunny? Even the Germans admit to it. But in Mohammed Z Islam’s school, it is open to question. And the line about using the Holocaust for gain and profit is an anti-Jewish canard.

  • Bodart

    I would propose to Mr. Islam that a better writing project would be to consider the pros and cons of the following thesis : ” Resolved : That “Mohammed” is a seventh century cult figure of dubious historical veracity who to this day engenders and enables slavery, torture, misogyny, genocide, waste and sloth, and overall terror, to the detriment of the civilized world “.

  • Abad Don

    I weep for the children growing up in my native state, when this is what is being taught in their classrooms…

  • muslim
    • IslamIsTyranny

      Why is he a better liar than all the rest?

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    Holocaust Questions and Answers: by Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    We are entering into the period known as Yom Hashoah. Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here are some questions I have been asked throughout my years of teaching. I have tried to give honest answers.

    One wonders why there was not a mass exodus from Europe when they knew that Nazi occupation meant death.

    Many Holocaust survivors have told me that the invasion of the Nazis and the annihilation of the Jewish population was like a tsunami. It happened so fast that there was no time to think, to flee, or to leave. Even if one wanted to leave, where would they go? Most countries did not allow Jews to enter, including the United States of America. There were quotas and anti-Semitism throughout the world. They thought it would all pass, just like other instances of anti-Semitism that had occurred in the past.. They believed Hitler would never have enough power or support to annihilate German Jewry. They were wrong and it cost them their lives. In addition how does one leave behind family members while escaping to freedom, even if they could?

    Following the death of my parents, after I married and started a family, I began searching for the history of those in my family who perished in the Holocaust and for a trace of anyone who survived. The only family I knew to survive were one cousin and aunt on my father’s side . As of today I have not found anyone who survived the Holocaust. My parents of blessed memory spoke about the Holocaust, but basically what they shared with me was the same information over and over again. Feeling I might hurt them emotionally, I never pressed for more information. I never had grandparents, and most of my family was annihilated by Hitler. I run my life with the motto “never again,” and that is why I became a rabbi. Growing up I constantly looked at the numbers on my father’s left arm, which he received in Auschwitz. Those numbers Those mumbers instilled in me the urge to fight for the state of Israel and against anti-Semitism, wherever it may occur.

    When I recall the image of my mother, I cannot remember any time that she did not look older than her age. She worked in an ammunition plant, making bombs for the Nazis. My parents obviously did not wish to share things about the Holocaust which might hurt me emotionally, such as that my father was married before the war. I learned of this by overhearing a conversation when I was nine years old. His first wife and two children were murdered by the Nazis. Recently, I have been able to obtain names of some family members who were murdered.

    The questions I asked my parents were “Why did God allow this to happen?” and “Why did you allow me as an only child to leave home, move across the country and become a rabbi?” Now as a parent, I finally understand the loneliness they must have felt, having no other children. I always said to them “My heart tells me I should remain with you, but my brain tells me I must become ordained to make a difference in the Jewish world.” My father answered that the night before he was liberated from the concentration camp, he had a dream in which his father came to him and said, My son, today you will be liberated.”

    What do you think about God in the Holocaust?

    I have taught Holocaust studies for most of my life on the high school and college level. When I discuss the Holocaust and God, I share many possible views. In truth, after having written numerous books on the subject I don’t have an answer. I cannot in good conscience believe that the Jewish people were punished, because if I believe that, then I would not be a Rabbi, and probably be an atheist. One and a half million priceless Jewish children were murdered. What was their sin? The answer I give myself and others is that mankind caused the Holocaust, not God. . It is the only answer I can live with. Yet I just read Rabbi Avigdor Miller’s “Divine Defense of Hashem Madness In The Matter of the Holocaust ” and I remembered my father telling me the shoa is predicted in the Chumash, the tochahah .My students ask me “Can the Holocaust happen again?” My answer is a definite yes. A number of atomic bombs thrown at Israel by its enemies would annihilate the Israeli population. One is naïve to believe that anti-Semitism does not exist throughout the world. If we have learned anything from the Shoah, it is that it is possible for a madman to arise who wants to annihilate the Jewish people. Never fool yourself into believing that you are safe anywhere. We must always be alert and fight against prejudice wherever it may exist.

    Finally, how do we keep Holocaust memory alive and what is our message to our children, grandchildren and future generations? In my opinion, all the museums in the world and all the books that are written will not preserve the memory of the Holocaust. In time, the Holocaust may become nothing more than a date in history. If we teach Holocaust and genocide together as one subject, we guarantee that the impact of the Holocaust will merely blend into other genocides. What is the solution? We must incorporate in our religious services and religious traditions, memoirs, readings, and liturgy, readings concerning the Holocaust. I have, therefore, already written a Holocaust Passover Haggadah and a Holocaust Siddur ( see on the internet: RosenbergHolocaustHaggadah.com). Reading about the Holocaust must become part of every Jewish holiday, particularly the High Holidays. I want to emphasize to those children and grandchildren who still have living survivors of the Holocaust in their families, ask questions now, don’t be afraid. Sometimes, a Holocaust survivor will not feel comfortable speaking to their children, but will be able to communicate their thoughts with their grandchildren. I ask that you do so before all the Holocaust survivors are gone.

    Remember the lives, the culture, the achievements, of those who perished in the Holocaust

    I made one promise to my parents of blessed memory, and that is that one day, I would fill up a station wagon with my children. Thank God, I have a lovely wife, Charlene, four children, and so far, seven grandchildren. If you wish to remember the Shoah and the beauty of Judaism which existed before that horrible period in our history, I say to you, have children, name them after Holocaust survivors as I have done, and never forget who we are as a people.

    • Larry S.

      One wonders why there was not a mass exodus from Europe when they knew that Nazi occupation meant death.

      Rabbi, I am no authority on the Holocaust , but I have read authorities on the matter. I don’t think people could quite comprehend the evil of the Nazis. If not, I don’t think they would have boarded the trains to Auschwitz. I think people were fooled- fearful, but fooled- until the moment they entered the camps. I’d be happy to have my sense of things corrected by reference to the responsible literature.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    I have resigned from the interfaith association and will not again participate in their interfaith holocaust SERVICE WHICH I ORIGINATED. I AM A PAST PRESIDENT.

    HATIKVAH has been included in every service since I created interfaith holocaust services in 1974 with no objection. N0 ONE HAS EVER WALKED out, sat down OR OBJECTED until recently. IMAMS have sat down or left before Hatikvah.

    • In 1944, Czech Jews spontaneously sang it at the entry to the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber and, as reported by a member of the Sonderkommando, were beaten by SS guards.

    The link is clear, the Arabs were against Hatikvah before there was Israel or even before the myth of Palestinian people. Furthermore, Jews sang it while being led to their death. How dare anyone allow individuals to leave in protest during Hatikvah with the canard they are commemorating the Holocaust but against the State of Israel. Just keep quoting Dr Martin Luther King, Jr “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.”
    RABBI DR BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • gregzimmerman007

    I don’t think you’ll get an “A” on your paper at this school if u write that The Holocaust was real rather than “propaganda”.

    Thus, I see that this superintendent is shamelessly funneling the kids AWAY from the right answer and TOWARD the wrong answer on account of his own agenda, anti-Semitic feelings and likely anti-Semitic ways.

    It’s disgusting; This guy needs ejected from his superintendent seat and another principal put in place emergently!

  • Andy_Lewis

    The district backed off.

    Rialto Unified changes tune on Holocaust debate essay project
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    “The Holocaust should be taught in classrooms with sensitivity and profound consideration for the victims who endured the atrocities committed,” Jafri’s new statement concludes. “We believe in the words of George Santayana, ‘those who cannot learn from history are bound to repeat it.’

  • chris wolf

    KCAL 9 News Los Angeles reported Monday that district superintendent (LOL!) muhammet z izlam “was unaware of the assignment” and a board of curriculum masterminds will get sensitivity training or something. Meanwhile, just up the road from Rialto near the high desert town of Hesperia, a bridge across I-15 that was under construction burned to destruction today, closing the major artery between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for 36-48 hours. How does a bridge made nearly entirely of concrete and steel burn? Well, the muslims who’ve been coming to this country to go on welfare and take reduced tuition are primarily studying engineering, computer science and other technical degrees. Last week another train rolled off the trestle and into a river in West Virginia, I believe, lighting the river on fire.
    Aren’t these industrial accidents occurring at an unprecedented rate in the past year or so? Yes, they are. We need local LE to do the job that hussein and holder are blocking the FBI from doing and link these crimes to the muslim sleeper cells acting out on their personal jihads in a conspiracy to kill American by 1,000 cuts.

  • Donald H Sullivan

    Let’s have a debate on slavery in America. Let’s have a debate on whether the white man really committed genocide against Native Americans. Let’s have a debate on Stalin’s killing of millions of his own people. We could never really run out of historical material to debate.

  • Charlotta Jones

    I’d like to propose a question:
    Barack Obama was elected as the 44th US president. He has declined to show his birth certificate or any of his academic records. Please discuss the pros and cons of electing a president who has not been open with his past. Does releasing these records make him more trustworthy? Defend your argument with lucid statements and show how you came to your conclusion based on facts.

    • Louie Kiskowski

      He did release his birth certificate, no other president was ever asked to do so, why is it that some people are so biased they just drool acid slime? I am not a fan of Obama, but you crazy dipsticks are killing the universe.

      • Hinda39

        Yeah – released a birth certificate that was proven to be fraudalent. Try again. And there are 57 states in the US (was he looking at a bottle of Heinz ketchup?). Let’s see – oh yeah – and Muslims had fought in the Revolutionary war. Ummm this is maddening.

        • Louie Kiskowski

          I suppose I am not surprised that birthers roll with Holocaust deniers.

        • IslamIsTyranny

          There are 57 states in the OIC (the Organization of Islamic Conference).

  • sakovkt

    This smells!
    The evidence supporting holocaust denial is SOoo flimsy in comparison to the opposition that this would make a poor choice in a propaganda lesson.
    Moreover, the arguments about it, either way, are not propaganda.
    These are augments.
    They cite facts and present a coherent thesis and a conclusion.
    Propaganda, if you look it up, is a short piece of work, art or written, that has 5 to 7 characteristics intended to arouse interest in a subject and encourage the audience to either find out more or just accept the propagandist’s position at face value.
    There is no way to judge the validity of propaganda, itself, without investigating the arguments that support its assertion in more depth.
    This is where the analytical thinking comes in: when we compare both arguments and fact check.
    Propaganda is just the flashy book cover, not the book.
    Propaganda is really just advertising. One of the criticisms of the Nazi Regime was that it was using commercial advertising techniques to “sell” gov’t policy. In 1920s, this was an innovation. Woodrow Wilson was probably the first to do that. 19th Century gov’ts maintained an air of dignity and authority and used official looking format. Wilson attempted to demonize Germans to get us into WW1 because there was really no reason for intervention.
    Glittering generality, transfer, testimonial, common man and card stacking are the classic propaganda characteristics, like : “If you like your plan, you an keep your plan. Period!”
    This is actually a lie, and propaganda doesn’t usually go that far, but after hearing all Obama’s weaseling around, you can find the 5 characteristics in his justifications.
    Other propaganda schemes discriminate a few more characteristics, but they may also be regarded as belonging to the classics, depending upon how they are viewed.

  • Nick

    It looks like 0 metastasized his anti-Semitic Muslims all over the bloated government bureaucracy, including the boards of education… If the US wants to survive as a free country, the government must be purged from this bigoted scum of the earth.

  • Dancer77

    I can bet the reason nobody complained was because nobody knew this assignment was given. CC is bad, people know it and they are going to go to extremes to make sure kids do this kind of stuff in school where the parents can’t see what is going on.

  • Americana

    If Gen. Dwight Einsenhower saw the need to confirm the Holocaust for future generations so such a genocide would never would be repeated then this jr. high class assignment is indicative of that same perspective. Gen. Eisenhower invited witnesses from the Press to come to these concentration camps and document what they saw and what they were told by camp survivors. These California students would have realized after this assignment that you MUST present history in all its horror or the likelihood of history repeating itself was possible. Of course, they’d also realize history repeats itself DESPITE knowing what has been done in the recent past! It’s also a reasonable assignment given that much of the Muslim world in the Middle East has a significant number of ongoing Holocaust denialists recasting history even today. These students would have had to confront the issue of propaganda being continuing to be produced by Muslims despite mountains of evidence to the contrary as well as analyzing the absurdity of the occasional slip up by a Muslim imam saying they can’t deny the Holocaust.

    After all, the Holocaust of the Jews in WW II was preceded by the Turkish Armenian genocide of WW I. The connections between the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust are somewhat shrouded but it seems clear the Germans realized from the Armenian genocide that it would be possible to exterminate European Jewry. The Germans realized the extermination of Europe’s Jews would achieve many simultaneous tactical effects as well as finance the German war effort. The more one looks at the Holocaust, the less one can believe it was conducted by civilized Western Europeans. I bet there would have been no student who would have failed to cover all the historical background as to how the Holocaust came about and what makes Holocaust denial so pernicious and dangerous.

  • Americana

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    Hahahaha, the posts on Atlas Shrugged are UNMODERATED? Yeah, right! Tell me another lie, Pam! Either stick to honoring the right of free speech or eliminate the disclaimer you’ve written above because, as things stand now, you are not a member of the Free Speech brigade. Your disclaimer about your web site honoring free speech if it meets the above criteria is a bald-faced lie.

    • Hinda39

      Americana – why don’t you go to Argentina where your views would be so welcomed?

  • Hinda39

    The true problem of this is “Common Core” and the Islamo-Nazification of our education process. I’ve been seeing this in California schools since the late 1990s when it was drilled into the California School System to be more “diversfied”. The students were starting to be drilled into the feelings of Germans during the Nazi era – that they were just misunderstood. Then came the “Across the Centuries” textbook that whitewashed the crimes of the Nazis and their partners AND the genocides that have been committed throughout the years. If it was not for the immigrants who had lived under Islamic doctrine who had a voice to stop this integrating into our schools, we would have been worse off than we are now.
    My father of blessed memory was one of the first Americans to enter the “death camps” (Buchenwald mainly). Because he was Jewish and could speak Yiddish/German he was picked by Eisenhower to enter. Eisenhower also made sure that there were be photographs taken of everything so to prove that this is what the world had allowed.

    This proves that public edumacation is not worth it for our children. Seek out other schooling. Had there have been good charter schools when my children were in school, trust me, I would have chosen that route.

  • SEGrady

    There are so many things wrong with this assignment. As a History teacher I am simply stunned that these Common Core educators call themselves teachers. First, if you give this assignment to students and they determine the Holocaust was a “political scheme” rather than reality…then you are allowing students to form “FALSE” ideas! Demonstrably false ideas that are extremely harmful. One might next suggest that the US Constitution was not written by the Founding Fathers but by some nefarious group and should be ignored. Or, students might claim that Elvis is still alive! Ridiculous to call this education!

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    The Holocaust happened! I was 14 years old when WWII ended. I saw it! I grew up
    in Germany.

  • John in Brum

    If the next assignment is “Do you think Mohammed was a paedophile?” that should balance things out a bit.

  • W

    The holocaust as a historical event was a political scheme not either or as the question is framed. The nazis enacted the Nuremberg laws which deprived Jews of their jobs and evenly their property this is how the nazis gained the wealth of the Jews and used it to fund their Final Solution. They elicited public emotion of the Jews by putting them in ghettos and eventually sending to concentration and death camps, where they were exterminated and/or worked to death via hard labor to fuel their war machine. Their scheme it should be noted was more ideological than it was political.

  • jozie

    I am in this school district and yea I totally agree the teachers that did this were completely out of their minds for even bringing up this question but they honestly didn’t think this through and what the outcome would be, it also doesn’t help out our superintendents name is MOHAMMAD Z. ISLAM.

  • rocky

    So King Barry’s Nazi Muslim and Mexican Nazi MECHA controlled Common Core teaches young minds to be anti-Semitic and Holocaust Deniers ? If parents don’t want their kids to grow up Nazis, pull them out of Common Core ASAP.

  • Micheline Drebert

    There is only one factor you need to know about this – the “interim superintendent” is known as, Do my homework

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