Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Holocaust Memory in Kentucky

The teaching of the Holocaust and the Occupation is in the news again, but this time Sarkozy has nothing to do with it. It's not every day that one of my colleagues makes the Times, but today we have a nice picture of Jeremy Popkin, who teaches French history at the U. of Kentucky and is the president of the Society for French Historical Studies. It seems that Jeremy has been caught up in a hoax that is sweeping the Internet, in the form of a letter claiming that university courses on the Holocaust have been canceled owing to pressure from Muslims. The letter in question claimed, falsely, that Jeremy's course on Vichy, the Occupation, and the Holocaust had been canceled as a result of such pressure.

So France isn't the only country where this issue is troublesome.

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