HOLOCAUST: Lessons still to be learnt

Arbeit Macht Frei, the sign over the entrance to Auschwitz 1.
Arbeit Macht Frei, the sign over the entrance to Auschwitz 1.

It is quite right that the Holocaust should never be forgotten and that our schoolchildren experience the Auschwitz site.

But, before we British polish our halos, it was in the Boer War that the term concentration camp was coined.

Kitchener’s troops swept across Africa destroying homesteads and farms, ruining crops and killing livestock.Most were occupied by woman and children. These people were rounded up and put into a camp, where many, due to logistics, starved to death. The greater majority were children. This war seems to have been fought on the basic greed for resources of another country. We humans don’t seem to have learned much. This period of history was conspicuous by its absence in my school’s curriculum.

I would suggest that it is perhaps more important to learn of the Salisbury era than ancient Britons and the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Eileen Woodward,

Haven Meadows,

Shilbottle

PS My grandfather was there and never got over having to shoot a woman.