As reported by TruthRevolt in May, the Rialto Unified School District in Southern California assigned eighth grade students an essay on whether the Holocaust occurred or was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain." A follow-up investigation by The Los Angeles Daily News indicates that based on the project many of the students are now convinced that the Holocaust is a hoax.
To complete the project, eighth graders were asked to read at least three articles on the subject including one claiming The Diary of Anne Frank was a hoax and another claiming the U.S. was sacrificing its welfare for the sake of Israel. The assignment was developed to meet common core standards.
The school district's administrators claimed that none of the students who completed the project expressed doubt or flatly denied that the Holocaust occurred, but the essays obtained and printed by The Daily News tell a different story. And some of those essays denying the Holocaust were rewarded with high marks and praise for their well-reasoned arguments that the Holocaust never occurred.
The complete archive of the essays was provided to the Los Angeles News Group in the form of 45 PDF files, some of which contain hundreds of pages of student assignments. An examination of the essays by newsroom staff found that at least 50 essays denied or doubted the Holocaust occurred. Even many students who agreed the Holocaust occurred said there were good reasons to believe it had not or that elements of the historical record were actually hoaxes.
Below are a sample of the Holocaust-denying conclusions arrived at by the students. Note each of the sentences below comes from a different paper. The student grammar and spelling is as written:
"They would have had to have killed 187 people an hour in order to kill 6 million people. Therefor it is impossible."
"If they would have even experimented these so called gas chambers the Nazis would have died also, so I do not believe in gas chambers."
"Based on the evidence from the source, it looks like the Holocaust was political propaganda."
"There was no evidence or prove that there were gas chambers, and another reason was that Anne Frank diary was not real, it was a hoax.”
“This was fake because the Diary of Anne Frank was written with a ballpoint pen and those didn't exist."
"Holocaust is a propaganda tool so Israel can make money for Jews."
"A profitable hoax made by the Jews to obtain land, money and power."
Rabbi Suzanne Singer of Temple Beth El in Riverside was shocked by the student projects, “Students got high praise and grades for writing that the Holocaust was a hoax. I’m sick about that, I’m sick about that. It’s worse than I thought it was.”
When news of the project broke in May, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told FoxNews.com:
"Whatever (the district’s) motivation, it ends up elevating hate and history to the same level. We should train our kids to have critical thinking, but the problem here is the teacher confused teaching critical thinking with common sense, because common sense dictates you don’t comingle propaganda with common truth."
Cooper added that although teaching children about the nature of propaganda is a worthy lesson plan, the district would have been better off having children research Holocaust denial, while meeting with local survivors of the genocide.
The school district has promised the Holocaust denial project will not be repeated.