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Wednesday, October 26 2005

Anti-semitic poem in UK children's schoolbook

A poem that praises the murder of Jews by the Nazis has been included in a book of children’s poetry to be distributed amongst schools in the UK, reports the European Jewish Press. Details:

The publication, entitled Great Minds, features the work of school children aged 11 to 18 who won a nationwide literary competition.

But one poem has generated outrage amongst Jewish groups, politicians and Holocaust charities for its anti-Semitic content.

The entry by the 14-year-old Gideon Taylor is apparently written from the viewpoint of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

It includes the lines "Jews are here, Jews are there, Jews are almost everywhere, filling up the darkest places, evil looks upon their faces."

Another part reads: "Make them take many paces for being one of the worst races, on their way to a gas chamber, where they will sleep in their manger… I'll be happy Jews have died."

Publisher defends poem

The book was produced by Forward Press who ran the Great Minds competition through its website.

Wining entries were rewarded with cash prizes of up to 20ukp for pupils and 1,000ukp for schools.

According to the Jewish Telegraph newspaper, the poem was the only entry in the entire book not to include the writer’s school or location.

Young Writers editor Steve Twelvetree, who also edited the book, said the poem was included as it illustrated how the writer was able to empathise with the infamous Nazi Fuehrer.

Twelvetree told the Telegraph: "From Gideon's poem and my knowledge of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 his poem shows a good use of technical writing and he has written his poem from the perspective of Adolf Hitler.”

The editor continued: "Key Stage 3 history requires pupils to show knowledge and understanding of events and places - to show historical interpretation and to explain significance of events, people and places, all of which World War II and the Holocaust is part of.

"The poem clearly states 'I am Adolf Hitler' and it recounts a historical fact, something Young Writers and Forward Press are not willing to censor."



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The fact that this anti-Semitic poem bothers only the Jews indicates that Europe in genaral and Britain in particular are still sick, sick because the anti-Semitism is a mental sickness of those who need 'Jews' to blame for their own failures. I'm not surprised at all because the European tradition regards to Jews as to people who should be isolated, see the images at the Luteran churches of Jews sucking Pigs breast, or the beliefs based on blood libels that various saints were ritually murdered by Jews. All these traditions are alive and popular among the majoriy of Europeans and even the literati do not feel ashamed, they will provide you an explenation like in the case of this anti-Semitic poem.

The fact that they do not identify the school or location raises the question: was this truly a childs poem, or anti-Semitic material sneaked into the book?

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