Letter: Holocaust history

February 2, 2014 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

-- George Santayana

I say that those who are not taught about the past might be condemned to "re"-live it!

On Jan. 27, the Israeli Knesset has chose to hold the International Holocaust Remembrance Day meeting in Auschwitz for the first time. Several holocaust survivors attended. Eric Cantor represented the USA at the event.

Some would like to forget Nuremburg, Auschwitz -- some even deny their existence. "For shame!," I say.

As a former teacher in the Tri-Cities, I would like to think that every school district includes in its curriculum more than just "passing information" regarding WWII and the present-day conflicts that remain.

For parents who wish to teach their children (ages about 10-13) I suggest reading with them books such as Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. I am sure Google and your local librarians can help you with appropriate books, websites and other information.

Many parents in the Tri-Cities who were not educated in our schools are encouraged to look into this important part of world history as well.

KAY WORKINGER, Kennewick

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