On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Paul Medhurst, the Director of Teaching and Learning, tackled the question “The Holocaust: where was the world?” in the latest Zetountes lecture.

He followed up themes spoken to in the Senior School Chapel, examining the response of the Western democracies to the Shoah. The immigration policies of USA and Britain were explored as Jewish freedoms were eroded, before examining Allied intelligence on the unfolding Nazi genocide and the West’s reluctance to bomb Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Many of the audience had visited this death-camp as part of the German-History Department visit in October, and with the refugee crisis dominating the political landscape, this was a timely and poignant reflection.

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