The German education system is very careful about how it discusses the Holocaust – and a person who has been through that system has said they cannot see what Ken Livingstone said (for example, on the BBC’s Daily Politics – above) that would cause offence. Interesting! How are those clamouring for his head going to explain THAT away, short of defaming that person’s character?

In this week’s regular BBC Question Time hate slot for the Labour Party, the question was:

Of course, the flurry of responses on the social media was only to be expected, especially after Diane Abbott said her piece, which claimed Mr Livingstone had quoted history inaccurately (we all know he was right – right?) but stopped short of calling for his expulsion from the Labour Party.

This Writer certainly had a few things to say:

(For balance, I did also add that, as far as Mr Livingstone’s more recent claims were concerned, the proof has yet to be seen and he may need to eat those particular words.)

My remarks attracted criticism, of course, but look at this:

I’ve done a little research on this. For a nice introduction to the way German school pupils are educated about what happened to Jewish people in Nazi Germany, there’s a good piece in the New York Times. It says, among other things:

“The Holocaust remains a subject taught as a singular event and obligation here.”

Also:

“Ask many Germans now in their 20s, 30s and 40s, and they will describe elementary and high school history classes that virtually cudgeled them into learning about Nazis and the Holocaust.”

And:

“‘Students had to fight to talk freely about the war,’ [one person] recounted, ‘and, being confronted in class by the emotions of the teachers, there wasn’t any space to feel for ourselves.'”

Another person is quoted as follows:

“‘Teachers with good will used to make German children feel it was somehow their fault, that they had a weight on their shoulders. The war was still a fresh wound.'”

We may, therefore, conclude that German students are given an intimate knowledge of exactly what constitutes anti-Semitism, from an education system that is determined to ensure that it never re-occurs in that country.

Now, here’s a person who was educated in Germany, under these conditions, saying Ken Livingstone’s comments were neither untrue nor anti-Semitic.

Perhaps it’s time we all saw through the lies and examined the real reason he has been attacked?

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