Hade idag en engelska-lektion där vi börja på ett nytt kapitell där man får lära sig rena lögner om bland annat Hitlers väljarstöd i mellankrigstiden. Texten:
" The Experiment I
This story is based on a true incident that occurred in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969.
They were studying World War Two, and the film Ben ross was showing his class that day was a documentary depicting the atrocities the Nazis commited in their concentration camps.
In the darkened classroom the class stared at the movie screen.
They saw emaciated men and women starved so severely that they appeared to be nothing more than skeletons covered with skin.
People whose knee joints were the wides part of their legs.
Ben had already seen this film of films like it half a dozen times. But the sight of such ruthless inhumane cruelty by the Nazis still horrified him and made him feel angry. As the film rolled on, he spoke emotionally to the class:
'What you are watching took place in Germany between 1934 and 1945. It was the work of a man named Adolf Hitler, originally a menial labourer and house painter, who turned to politics after World War One.
Germany had been defeated in that war, its leadership was at a low ebb, inflation was high, and thousands were homeless, hungry and jobless.
'For Hitler it was an opportunity to rise quickly through the political ranks of the Nazi Party. He espoused the theory that the Jews were the destroyers of civilization and that the Germans were a superior race. Today we know that Hitler was a paranoid, a pschyopath, literally a madman.
In 1923 he was thrown in jail for his political activities, but by 1934 he and his party had seized control of the German Government.'
Ben paused for a moment to let the students watch more of the film. They could see the gas chamers now, and the piles of bodies laid out like stove wood. The human skeletons still alive had the gruesome task of stacking the dead under the watching eyes of the Nazi soldiers.
Ben felt his stomach churn. How on God's earth could anyone make anyone else something like that, he asked himself.
He told the students: 'The death camps were what Hitler called his "Final solution to the Jewish problem". But anyone - not just Jews - deemd by the Nazis as unfit for their superior race was sent there.
They were herded into camps all over Eastern Europe, and once there they were worked, starved, and torured, and when they couldn't work any more, they were exterminated in the gas chambers. Their remains were disposed of in ovens.'
Ben paused for a moment and then added. 'The life expectancy of the prisoners in the camps was two hundred and seventy days. But many did not survive a week.
On the screen they could see the buildings that housed the ovens.
Ben thought of telling the students that the smoke rising from the chimneys above the buildings was from burning human flesh. But he didn't. The experience of watching this film would be awful enough.
Thank God man had not invented a way to convey smells through film, because the worst thing of all would have been the stench of it, the stench of the most heinous act ever committedin the history of the human race.
The film was ending and Ben told his students: 'In all, the Nazis murdered more than ten million men, women, and children in their extermination camps.
The film was over. A student near the door flicked the classroom lights on. As Ben looked around the room, most of the students looked stunned.
Ben had not meant to shock them, but he´d known that the film would.
Most of these students had grown up in the small, suburban community that spread out lazily around Gordon High. They were the products of stable, middle-class families , and despite the violence-saturated media around them, they were surprisingly naive and sheltered.
Even now a few of the students were starting to fool around. The misery and horror depicted in the film must have seemed to them like just another television programme. Robert Billings, sitting near the windows, was asleep with his head buried in his arms on his desk. But near the front of the room, Amy Smith appeared to be wiping a tear out of her eye. Laurie Saunders looked upset too. 'I know many of you are upset,' Ben told the class. 'But I did not show you this film today just to get an emotional reaction from you. I want you to think about what you saw and what I told you. Does anyone have any questions?'
Amy Smith quickly rasied her hand.
'Were all the Germans Nazis?' she asked.
Ben shook his head. 'No as a matter of fact, less than ten per cent of the German population belonged to the Nazi Party.'
'Then why didn't anyone try to stop them?' Amy asked.
'I can't tell you for sure, Amy,' Ross told her. 'I can only guess that they were scared.
The Nazis might have been a minority, but they were a highly organized, armed, and dangerous minority. You have to remember that the rest of the German population was unorganized, and unarmed and frightened.
They had also gone through a terrible perioed of inflation that had virtually ruined their country. Perhaps some of them hoped the Nazis would be able to restore their society. Anyway, after the war, the majority of Germans said they didn't know about the atrocities.'
Vilket kvacksalveri, och detta ska kallas en lärobok. Givetvis visste inte tyskarna om "illdåden" då gaskammare osv. inte existerat.