UK ‘bans’ study of Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

E-mails are circulating around the world, claiming the UK has banned the teaching of the Holocaust in schools. The false suggestion is the action has been taken by the government to avoid offending some Muslim communities. In fact the government has reaffirmed that in England, teaching children about the Holocaust is compulsory, and it is not banned elsewhere in the UK.

One example is headed “In Memoriam”. It says: “Recently this week, UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offended’ the Moslem population which claims it never occurred.” It adds: “This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.”

BBC News, 17 April 2007