• Do We Need Holocaust Education in Hong Kong?

    by  • 03/11/2013 • Holocaust, News • 2 Comments

    Though the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre’s exhibition (http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-hong-kong-walkway-a-very-public-holocaust-exhibit/), Oasis of Survival and Hope, continues to educate thousands in Central, Hong Kong, a visit to Madame Tussauds, on The Peak, presented an unexpected and very harsh contrast.

    While skipping around snapping pictures, my 11-year old daughter and her friend literally froze when they approached the wax Hitler. What shocked the three of us the most was the reaction it evoked.

    People waited to take photographs with it. The crowds completely passed by Saddam Hussein and Mao without even a glance. Gandhi, Rembrandt and Shakespeare (all in the same room) were apparently entirely irrelevant and might as well have walked off and gone back home. No one would have noticed.

    Hitler was somehow the star of the show. The Nazi Germany salute seemed the pose of choice. Parents even took the time to teach their children how to salute. Some yelled out ‘Heil Hitler’ too.  One woman threw her hands around his neck and turned her head to kiss him.

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    My daughter and her friend suggested that perhaps the people didn't know who he was. They quickly left the area while I lingered.

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    If you are on The Peak there are far better things to do. Just enjoy the view.

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    2 Responses to Do We Need Holocaust Education in Hong Kong?

    1. 04/11/2013 at 1:52 am

      I was so sad to read about this. Yes, time to revamp the history curriculum. I've heard parents in my town complain about how their kids are 'forced' to read about the holocaust (Elie Wiesel's "Night" is require reading in middle school) because they are too young to handle that. Ugh, your post shows why middle school kids are definitely not too young. 

      • vincent leon
        24/11/2013 at 2:52 am

        while over there people may have acted like that because they are unaware and ignorant about the holocaust and world history in the sub-continent -region.  Other educated people who are well aware of the holocaust and the nazi-symbols of hatred is displayed with pride- its a sad reality

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