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Rialto students to visit Museum of Tolerance, hear from Holocaust survivors

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 16, 2014 | 7:33 am

I can't say I didn't see this response to the Rialto school district's terrible decision to assign to student's an essay debating whether the Holocaust actually happened:

Soon, nearly 2,000 teens from the Rialto School District will visit the Museum of Tolerance to meet and hear from Holocaust survivors. They will be encouraged to ask them questions and engage in a dialogue. Not one of them is likely to leave that day thinking the Holocaust didn't happen.

That's from an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times by Rabbi Abraham Cooper and historian Harold Brackman, both of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which operates the Museum of Tolerance in West L.A. The op-ed largely takes the position that I did: that this school project fed right into the Holocaust-denial narrative, even if the five teachers who developed the program had only the best intentions for encouraging critical thinking.

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