February 4, 2008

Day trip to Auschwitz for pupils from every school


This government-funded initiative is meaningful. It creates young ambassadors who will divulge the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis. Yet, this programme should be coupled with a thorough learning of the other side of the coin represented by the saviours of the Holocaust. Brave women and men who risked their own lives to help those persecuted by the Nazis.

Prime Minister Brown – a long standing member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation – never misses the opportunity to remind us of their feats. In his book – ”Courage: Eight Portraits”, he devoted a chapter to Raoul Wallenberg. In his recent article in The Times (”We must not forget the Holocaust”), PM Brown has underscored this issue by mentioning the heroic feats of two British saviours (Jane Heining and Charles Coward).

The lessons of the Holocaust should always be learned by showing the dark and the light.

Prof. Jaime Krejner
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation