Thursday, October 20, 2005

Anti-Semitic poem in UK school book

From EJP News UK Anti-Semitic poem in children's school book: By Jeremy Last Updated: 16/Oct/2005 20:04 ...

A poem which praises the murder of Jews by the Nazis has been included in a book of children's poetry to be distributed amongst schools in the UK.

The publication, entitled Great Minds, features the work of school children aged 11 to 18 who won a nationwide literary competition.

But one poem has generated outrage amongst Jewish groups, politicians and Holocaust charities for its anti-Semitic content.

The entry by the 14-year-old Gideon Taylor is apparently written from the viewpoint of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

It includes the lines 'Jews are here, Jews are there, Jews are almost everywhere, filling up the darkest places, evil looks upon their faces.'

Another part reads: 'Make them take many paces for being one of the worst races, on their way to a gas chamber, where they will sleep in their manger. I'll be happy Jews have died.'

Publisher defends poem
The book was produced by Forward Press who ran the Great Minds competition through its youngwriters.co.uk website. ... the poem was the only entry in the entire book not to include the writer’s school or location. ...editor Steve Twelvetree...said the poem was included as it illustrated how the writer was able to empathise with the infamous Nazi Fuehrer.

...Twelvetree told the Telegraph: "... his poem shows a good use of technical writing and he has written his poem from the perspective of Adolf Hitler....The poem clearly states 'I am Adolf Hitler' and it recounts a historical fact, something Young Writers and Forward Press are not willing to censor."

Widespread outrage
However, communal leaders were less than impressed with the poem’s inclusion in a book which they said could be influential on youngster’s views of Jewish people.
It is totally insensitive and inappropriate for this kind of hatred to appearspokesman for the Holocaust Educational Trust Chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Jon Benjamin said: "It is the duty of the publisher to consider the consequences of the poem." Jewish Labour MP, Louise Ellman, who represents the constituency of Liverpool Riverside, spoke of her concern. She said said: "It's an incitement to racial hatred. The words are absolutely outrageous and appalling." And a spokesman for the Holocaust Educational Trust echoed Ellman’s views. The charity is now urging the publishers to issue a formal apology for the book and remove the offending poem. A spokesman said: "It is totally insensitive and inappropriate for this kind of hatred to appear. "It is also immensely insulting to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and to those who survived."

1 comment:

WHY IS IT SO said...

Perhaps a little more sensitivity
wouldnt go astray here but if this poem is written by a child....if so perhaps eductaion is needed.
I feel sorry for any one who is oppressed
event the writer of this poem.
Because we are placing our values on his or he poem and perhaps we are reading it out of context.
WHO KNOWs WHAT THE POET INTENDED FOR US TO UNDERSTAND AS TO THE MEANING WHICH WAS INTENDED>