Spain’s ruling People’s Party recently submitted a proposed amendment to the education law that would make Holocaust studies obligatory for Spanish students.

If passed, the proposed amendment would introduce the genocide of Jews by Nazi Germany into the curriculum “at various stages of basic education,” the Spanish news agency Europa Press reported Thursday.

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The proposed amendment to the Organic Act for the Improvement of Educational Quality is part of a wider effort to include more materials that pertain to the prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts and values underpinning democracy and human rights, Europa Press reported.

The president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, Isaac Querub, said the proposal “certainly represents progress,” but added that the federation would have liked to see a “more comprehensive amendment, explaining the general history of the Jewish people.”

“Unless the Holocaust is contextualized, it will give a distorted image of the history of the Jewish people,” he said.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. That’s encouraging. But I hope, as a former history teacher who was apparently a threat to local Christian conservatives for just being allowed to teach in a purely secular way, that the true sources of the ‘Holocaust’ are taught. The ‘Holocaust’ was a direct result of Christian culture and always repeatable in that culture—something I could never teach in a Christian dominated community.

  2. That’s encouraging. But I hope, as a former history teacher who was apparently a threat to local Christian conservatives for just being allowed to teach in a purely secular way, that the true sources of the ‘Holocaust’ are taught. The ‘Holocaust’ was a direct result of Christian culture and always repeatable in that culture—something I could never teach in a Christian dominated community.

  3. it is good for Spanish children to learn about the Shoah…but what about the inquisition??? I am sefardi born and raised a catholic…however…I came back to my little esnoga…they must lust about the horrors of the inquisitors… there is not much difference between Torquemada and Himmler…

  4. it is good for Spanish children to learn about the Shoah…but what about the inquisition??? I am sefardi born and raised a catholic…however…I came back to my little esnoga…they must lust about the horrors of the inquisitors… there is not much difference between Torquemada and Himmler…

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