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Holocaust Speaker visits St Marys

Recently we were visited by Freddy Naftel; he gave a talk on anti-Semitism and how it has progressed through the ages.

Holocaust Speaker visits St Marys

 

Recently we were visited by Freddy Naftel; he gave a talk on anti-Semitism and how it has progressed through the ages. He started off his speech with what anti-Semitism is and the stereotypes for Jews. He explained that anti-Semitism was still very big before Hitler's reign of tyranny. He showed us some pictures that show a huge amount of racism towards Jews. Nazi propaganda showing pictures of thin men with bald heads, huge side burns and beak like noses. Obviously none of these pictures were true.

 

He then progressed by telling us about a job where racism affected him. There was just no support for him and other Jews. Whilst at school, both teachers and students verbally abused him under their breath. It also came up in the back of books just small drawings of beak nosed humans. He asked the head for help with this and he was given none he compared it to going up to a black person and calling them a slave. A lot of people have a huge double standard between anti-Semitism and black racism. He ended saying how much worse it is today and how there are still some people who think the Holocaust does not deserve the attention it receives. Others think that the Jews had it coming to them! He then ended proving them wrong by showing us some pictures of the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust.

 

I thought that the speech was incredibly moving and eye opening. I personally did not know that anti-Semitism was such a big thing now. I knew what happened in the Holocaust and the racism then but now we may not be killing Jews but we are exiling them from our communities and being rude to a group that have suffered one of the worst tragedies ever.

 

Jayden Dare.  9M