Haaretz

Jewish teacher suspended in France for teaching ‘too much’ about Holocaust
Haaretz

A French history teacher in Nancy, France, has been suspended for breaching the principle of secularism and neutrality after the French education ministry concluded that she was teaching « too much » about the Holocaust and spending too much time organizing trips for her students to Nazi death camps in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Catherine Pederzoli, 58, was investigated by officials at the education ministry, who released a report about the matter in July. The report accused the teacher of « lacking distance, neutrality and secularism » in teaching the Holocaust, and of manipulating her charges through a process of « brain-washing, » according to the French news agency AFP.

The principle of secularism and neutrality in France is meant to protect the separation of church and state. The ministry’s report cites that in meeting with investigators, the teacher used the word « Holocaust » 14 times while using the more neutral term « massacre » only twice.