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Teachers Need Holocaust Homework

Published onsdag 20 augusti 2008 kl 11.08
Sweden hosted a 2001 conference on the Holocaust

A new report finds that many Swedish teachers know little about the Holocaust, the Nazi killing of more than 8 million Jews, Roma, and others during World War Two.

The Living History Forum, a government agency that promotes issues relating to tolerance, democracy and human rights, put a list of 11 questions about the Holocaust to 5000 teachers here. Only two got all the questions right, and seventy percent missed at least eight of them. The questions have been criticised, however, as being too difficult.

The head of the Swedish Teachers Union says the survey reveals deficiencies in teacher training here, and has called for an improvement before the next elections, when anti-immigrant parties may play on racism and anti-Semitism in their campaigns.

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