Liverpool has launched a few exhibitions this month to mark the Holocaust. One of the exhibitions consists of a re-creation of Anne Frank’s Amsterdam bedroom and has been located inside a church by the exhibitions’ organizers, hoping that doing so will convey a message of tolerance and the results of hatred to Liverpool’s gang violence-troubled youth.
Organizer Jerry Goldman acknowledged he had reservations about placing the exhibit in a church, but said he hopes the thousands of children who are scheduled to attend will take a look at their own behavior â€” and ask themselves questions about the consequences of hatred and intolerance.
“Hopefully they will realize how ridiculous it is to hate people because they are from another neighborhood and support another gang,” Goldman said. The exhibition “should really challenge the reasons and differences hatred is based on still today.”
Jewish schools have banned their pupils from visiting the exhibition on grounds of it being placed in a Christian place of worship. IMO, this is lame. Do those schools also ban their pupils from interacting with Christian children or going to play-dates at their Christian peers’ homes? IfÂ forÂ anything, Jewish schools should challenge the exhibition for the trivialization of the remembrance of Anne Frank and Holocaust victims in general. Liverpool’s gang violence and crime problems result from a troubled economy with traditional industries being on the decline, low career perspectives for youths without higher degrees of education and ineffective integration of many foreign immigrants, leaving many youths without a soundÂ sense of self-worth, themÂ therefore seeking affirmation and identity in joining gangs and banding together to set themselves off from other groups. It is important to teach about the Holocaust, but to use the remembrance of the Holocaust as a universal cure for whatever hate-related issues a society might have trivializes what happened aboutÂ 65Â years ago andÂ does not do the victims justice.