| On April 22, 2007, Boycott Watch
reported that an email circulating which claims the UK removed Holocaust
curriculum (here) from their
schools is false. Not to be outdone, someone changed the name on that email and
is now circulating it as for the University Of Kentucky.
This is a blatant copycat false email.
UPDATE: Statement by the University Of Kentucky
Debunks Holocaust E-mail Rumor
Media Contact: Allison Elliott, (859)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2007) - The University of Kentucky
has announced that a rumor, claiming the school has removed Holocaust material
from its curriculum, is not true. The false claim has been circulated via
The Judaic Studies Program of the University of Kentucky, in
conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, offers
a course designated as History 323: The Holocaust.
According to an
explanation found on the investigative Web site Snopes.com, a message claiming
that schools in the United Kingdom would no longer teach about the Holocaust in
their history classes began to circulate via e-mail forwards dated back to
April 2007. As the message wound its way across the Internet, someone took the
abbreviation for the United Kingdom (UK) to stand for the University of
Kentucky, and altered the message to implicate the institution. This version
has been forwarded to several people and understandably raised concern among
alumni, students and other friends of the University of Kentucky.
original message about the United Kingdom is of uncertain veracity, and any
statement linking the University of Kentucky with this rumor is completely
"The academic administration of the University of Kentucky
would never permit such a grotesque lapse in its commitment to the principle of
academic freedom. Let us bury this rumor. It is a distortion of the realities
on and off campus," said UK Assistant Provost Richard B. Greissman.
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Subject: IN MEMORIAM...
take a minute...and pass it on....
MEMORIAM - Not a joke ~ ***Please do not delete***
IN MEMORIAM -- This
week the University of Kentucky removed The Holocaust from its school
curriculum because it "offended" the Muslim population which claims it never
occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world
and how easily each country is giving into it. It is now more than 60 years
since the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a
memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10
million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred,
raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples
looking the other way! Now more than ever, with Iran among others claiming the
Holocaust to be "a myth," it is imperative to make sure the world never
forgets. This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide! Join us
and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world.
Please send this e-mail to 10 people you know and ask them to continue the
Please don't just delete it. It will only take you a
minute to pass this along - Thanks!
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