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What was it like to be a child during World War Two?

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"To build a future you have to know the past".

-Otto Frank, 1967

What is prejudice?

The word prejudice means to pre-judge, to make up your mind about someone before you know anything about them. When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you notice? Their hair, the colour of their skin, their clothes and the way they speak? We often make instant judgments about each other, which later prove to be untrue.

Most people feel more comfortable in their own group, gang or tribe. People are often frightened of difference because it feels unfamiliar and can seem threatening. It is easy for us to blame someone else when things go wrong.

Sometimes the anger of the majority group is taken out on another group. Practically every society throughout history has blamed one group or another for what goes wrong in that society. This is known as scapegoating.

 

What is antisemitism?

Antisemitism is the term used when people are prejudiced against Jews just because they are Jewish. Antisemitism is a modern racial term that was invented in 1879 by a German journalist called Wilhelm Marr. However, anti-Jewish feelings are much older than that, and can be dated back to 2000 years ago.

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Our visit to the National Holocaust Centre is in October.

 

You can have a sneak preview of what to expect here:

 

https://www.nationalholocaustcentre.net/journey-exhibition

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