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Identification card for Anny-Yolande Horowitz, deported to Auschwitz on September 11, 1942. She was seven years old.
Early last month, French President Nicholas Sarkozy proposed a new education plan
in which every fifth grader would have to learn the life story of one of the 11,000 French children killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
Fifth graders, for those of you who may not know, are a mere ten-years old — a fact that has prompted protest by legions of psychologists arguing that exposure to the horrors of the Holocaust would be far more traumatizing than instructive. Sarkozy’s plan has also been met with extreme disapproval from his political opponents, as well as by secularists who criticize the President's over-indulgent praise of religion. Finally, many Jews simply perceive the plan as morally reprehensible...