Guernsey Holocaust “impact” curriculum being created


Guernsey Holocaust “impact” curriculum being created

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Out of six people identified as Jews by the German authorities five were deported, with three dying in the gas chambers and two surviving the internment camps

The impact of the Holocaust will be taught in schools in the only part of the British Isles from which Jews were deported and later died in Auschwitz.

Marianne Grunfeld, Auguste Spitz and Therese Steiner were deported from Guernsey, which was occupied by German forces, to France in April 1942.

They were among Jews picked up by the Nazis and sent to the concentration camp in July the same year.

Guernsey”s government is working on a curriculum to start in September 2017.

The Committee for Education Sport and Culture confirmed it was working with Cambridge University academic Dr Gilly Carr and the Holocaust Educational Trust on the course material.

It is understood it will focus on how the Bailiwick of Guernsey was affected by the Holocaust.

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Anti-Semitic laws were introduced in the islands, including Guernsey, forcing Jewish people to have to wear the yellow Star of David on their clothes

The Channel Islands were occupied by the German forces during World War Two, with the civilian governments left in place but with oversight from the occupying authorities.

Jews were not the only island residents to be deported. Others were sent to Nazi prisons, concentration camps and internment camps, with eight Guernsey residents known to have died on the continent.

Hundreds of slave labourers, including Jews and Russian prisoners of war, are known to have died in Alderney”s camps.