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P O Box 241, Cremorne NSW 2090 Phone: (02) 9908 3318The Hon Julia Gillard MP 18 January 2009
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Dear Minister Gillard
Open Letter – National Curriculum Board: Modern History
I refer to my letter of 19 September 2008 in which I volunteered to join the National Curriculum Board from the independent sector. I expected to be the only one among the panellists with personal experience as a victim and survivor of two totalitarian regimes that imposed their genocide rules on millions of inhabitants of Central and Eastern Europe. Your response on 8 December 2008, MC 08-037323 has deprived me this opportunity. At the same time, I was encouraged by you to share feedback in the context of community consultation. Regrettably, I found that sections 109 and 110 in unit 4 called “Australia and the Modern World (1901-present)” constitute a backwards leap comparing with the “Excel HSC Modern History” of 2006 by Ron Ringer, ISBN: 1-74125-246-6.
I propose to extend the community consultation process beyond the deadline of 28 February 2009. In order to persevere towards genuine world standards, it would be advisable to form mixed drafting teams. Good results were brought about by mixed Polish/German and Polish/Israeli history drafting committees.
The project at hand would benefit by applying the following mixed arrangements:
English – with the UK bearing in mind that it is the original source of the language;
Mathematics – with Finland bearing in mind that Finns have topped the international ranking in teaching effectiveness, whilst the Finnish Business Game Factory (BGF) has marketed successfully their computer software to train corporate executives, among others IBM Australia;
The Sciences – with the US bearing in mind achievements of American sciences and technologies;
History – with Poland bearing in mind that the ancient Greek and Roman heritage is largely comprehended by this new member of the European Union.
Poles were first to offer military resistance to Nazi Germany’s aggression on 1 September 1939, they fought the enemy longer than anyone else and were present on all fronts. Civilian Polish population, particularly intellectuals, were decimated in Hitler’s concentration camps and Stalin’s Gulag network, including the infamous Katyn massacre of army officers and public servants. Polish resilience contributed to a meltdown of Moscow’s Communist bloc with Lech Walesa’s “Solidarity” free trade union as a trigger, thus, reversing the post-Yalta injustice of division into two spheres of influences. Gdansk became in 1980 a hotspot, for the second time since 1939. British superiors saw, too frequently, loyal ANZACS and Polish allies as “little Paki friends”.
In the circumstances, there is no justification for Monash University to launch in the section 110 the dichotomy of “Hitler and the Nazis”, instead of stating simply “Nazi Germany”. This dangerous innuendo would open a floodgate for allegations to the detriment of thousands of allied soldiers who made their home in this country many decades ago. Their grandchildren would be tempted to bring from school a message as if those seniors have resettled from Europe in order to avail themselves from responsibility for war crimes, similar to those of Adolf Eichmann.
The unfortunate section 110 looks as acknowledging Polish collective guilt as alleged collaborators of German Nazi perpetrators. This notion was already endorsed by Professor Konrad Kwiet and widely promoted, since many years, in the glossy museum guide at Darlinghurst in Sydney. Both Jewish and Slavic people were categorised as inferior racially and they were made subject to slavery and destruction. Accordingly, most genocide facilities were set up on Polish soil that was occupied by the Third Reich. It is insulting and misleading, therefore, to try entertaining in media the stereotype “Polish death camps”.
The self-proclaimed “king” of the Lodz Ghetto, Chaim Rumkowski was a Polish citizen. So were president of the Warsaw Judenrat, Adam Czerniakov and Abraham Gaincvakh with his servile squad of voluntary Jewish policemen, former engineers, doctors and solicitors. The Jewish/American researcher, Hannah Arendt has doomed them all as traitors. This sort of “family feud” sensitivities need a disclaimer and must not be used as a pretext by some revisionism minded academics for rewriting history altogether.
The Holocaust has already a voluminous literature, primarily funded by sumptuous private sources. It deserves to be well comprehended, though, that fifty three nation-states formed an alliance to combat the power of the Axis, whilst the Second World War left more than fifty million casualties, and mostly among innocent civilians. A guerrilla sabotage action was praised as another front, particularly in Poland, France, former Yugoslavia and Greece. Home Army’s “Żegota” helped Jewish people, despite Poland having been the only country in the Nazi Germany’s occupied territories where the death penalty was imposed on people who rendered help and also on members of their families for doing so. The (air) Battle of Britain, trans-Atlantic convoys, the Stalingrad breakthrough, D-day landing in Normandy and the 1944 Warsaw (general) Uprising, all deserve mentioning in modern history classes. Thus, students would better comprehend contents of frequent TV movies about the Second World War.
Surprisingly enough, leaving section 110 in the present shape, would unduly support Hitler’s paranoia about Jewish unrestricted influences all over the world in finance, media, education and professions, including Germany proper, justifying “self defence” measures in order to preserve the genuine Teutonic identity.
I am prepared to make myself available for frank and open-minded oral debating, if invited. This is with the aim of coming to an impartial and unbiased conclusion, to the benefit of the young generation of Australians: prospective journalists, tour guides, public relations officers, educators, trade union activists, politicians and national leaders.
Dr Waldemar Niemotko, President
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