DIS­PUTED FIG­URES

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

You state that I was “one of the 15,000 chil­dren sent to the Terezin camp in Cze­choslo­vakia. Barely 100 lived to tell the tale” (Septem­ber 5). This and sim­i­lar widely re­peated fig­ures dif­fer strik­ingly from those quoted by Yad Vashem and the Terezín Ini­tia­tive In­sti­tute in the Czech Repub­lic. The for­mer re­ported that 7,700 chil­dren were sent to There­sien­stadt and 1,234 sur­vived, whilst the lat­ter re­ports that 10,500 were sent there and 2,300 sur­vived.

Since be­com­ing aware of this prob­lem, I have not used fig­ures of this kind without in­di­cat­ing the dis­agree­ments.

In Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion as in other ed­u­ca­tion, we have a duty to base state­ments on ac­cept­able aca­demic stan­dards. Holo­caust-de­niers will seize on lapses. Given the cir­cum­stances in which early ac­counts were writ­ten, it is not sur­pris­ing that good aca­demic stan­dards were not al­ways achieved. In present-day con­di­tions they should be. Martin Stern Oadby, Le­ices­ter LE2

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