‘Shoah ed­u­ca­tion is Crime up best in­vest­ment’ onYom Kip­pur

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY ROBYNROSEN BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

SCHOOLS SEC­RE­TARY Ed Balls has said the money put into Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion is the “best in­vest­ment” his depart­ment has made.

Mr Balls and his wife Yvette Cooper, the Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary, were among the 300 guests at the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust din­ner in cen­tral Lon­don.

Stress­ing the en­dur­ing im­por­tance of Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion, he said young Bri­tons were learn­ing about the Shoah in a “rel­e­vant and so­phis­ti­cated” way.

“The money we are in­vest­ing is prob­a­bly the best in­vest­ment our depart­ment makes for the fu­ture of young peo­ple. To learn about the Holo­caust is firmly part of the cur­ricu­lum and HET brings it alive for young peo­ple with mes­sages that are very pow­er­ful for our coun­try to­day.”

The Depart­ment of Chil­dren, Schools and Fam­i­lies is giv­ing the HET £1.5 mil­lion an­nu­ally for its Lessons from Auschwitz project, through which sixth-for­m­ers visit the death camp site. HET also aims to raise aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing through teacher train­ing and has taken more than 7,000 staff and pupils to Auschwitz.

But HET chair­man Lord Jan­ner says there is more to be done. “In some schools it’s good and in some schools they are do­ing very lit­tle.”

He was con­cerned at r i s i ng an­tisemitism and the ever-dwin­dling num­ber of sur­vivors to re­lay their sto­ries to new gen­er­a­tions.

“We work against racism of all kinds and we can’t let peo­ple for­get about what hap­pened. We’ve been very lucky to hear sur­vivors’ sto­ries but they are dy­ing off, so we have to train more peo­ple.”

Ad­dress­ing din­ers, ac­tor John Hurt said his in­ter­est in the Holo­caust had grown since star­ring in the 2005 film, Shoot­ing Dogs, about the Rwan­dan geno­cide. “I met many of the Rwan­dan sur­vivors and thought their sto­ries were ex­traor­di­nary.

“ But the more I ex­pe­ri­ence, the more it seems to me that be­fore any of us move for­ward, we have to recog­nise the fact we are all ca­pa­ble of that which is won­der­ful and that which is ter­ri­ble.”

Prais­ing the HET for its “fan­tas­tic work”, he added: “It’s cru­cially im­por­tant to keep teach­ing the next gen­er­a­tion about the Holo­caust be­cause it is just com­mon sense.”

Fel­low ac­tor Antony Sher, broad­caster An­gela Rip­pon and a num­ber of sur­vivors were also among the guests at the din­ner.

A MAN was ar­rested for shout­ing an­ti­semitic abuse and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of other in­ci­dents which took place around syn­a­gogues over Shab­bat and Yom Kip­pur.

Af­ter a peace­ful Rosh Hashanah, the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust re­ported a busier Yom Kip­pur pe­riod with re­ports of ver­bal abuse and egg-throw­ing in north-west Lon­don, Hert­ford­shire and Manch­ester.

On Satur­day night, a 38-year-old man was ar­rested in Gold­ers Green for caus­ing racially ag­gra­vated ha­rass­ment and dis­tress. He has been bailed to re­turn to a north-west Lon­don po­lice sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 27.

On Kol Nidre night, po­lice were called to Edg­ware af­ter pas­sen­gers in a car shouted abuse at Stan­more Syn­a­gogue con­gre­gants. No ar­rests were made and po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

CST com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Mark Gard­ner said: “A small num­ber of re­gret­table in­ci­dents did oc­cur, but as with Rosh Hashanah, the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of con­gre­gants were able to fully en­joy and ex­pe­ri­ence their day without any neg­a­tiv­ity.”

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