Recently a California school district believed that it would be smart assignment for an eighth grade class to have a discussion as to whether or not the Holocaust happened. What is worse is that any Conservative would believe this idea to be a good one.
The idea of planting a seed into eighth graders as to whether or not the Holocaust happened was not smart. The Holocaust happened. It is a fact.
An author writing in one of my favorite publications, National Review Online, said that the Holocaust did happen but to debate that fact is a good thing, ostensibly to get the students to think critically. That latter statement, too, is wrong.
The question is not whether eighth graders can handle an argument about Holocaust denial (some would argue that is debatable in itself) but is there any room for even the merest beginnings of a slippery slope when it comes to teaching the Holocaust? There is not.
The Holocaust was a unique event in human history. For the only time, the might of a modern, cultured nation was used in an attempt to exterminate an entire race of people with industrial methods. Were there other genocides in history that are worthy of attention, especially those overlooked by radical leftists, such as those brought by Communist China and the Soviet Union? Yes, there have been but the Holocaust, or Shoah, was unique in its industry, ideology, racism, totality, and universality.
The Holocaust was the culmination, yet sadly not the end, of a nearly continuous harassment, and often persecution, of the Jewish people that stems from the days of Pharaoh.
The horror of the Holocaust is also unique, from the perpetrators who said that “Even if you could prove the unprovable, you would still have to make the unbelievable believable” to the Jews who were faced with “choice less choices.” The totality of truth in the Holocaust comes from videos, testimony, and documents of the perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. To question this, even for intellectual exercise, is one step away from questioning “Are we really here on this earth?” Further, it unintentionally plays into the hands of the deniers.