Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told ‘the non-Jews’ are ‘evil’ in worksheet produced by London school

by Adam Withnall, Dina Rickman, The Independent, 2 September 2015. ‘It’s not uncommon to be taught non-Jewish people are evil in
ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools,’ former teacher claims.

British three-year-olds have been told “the
non-Jews” are “evil” in a Kindergarten worksheet handed out at
ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London, it can be revealed.

Documents seen by The Independent
show children are taught about the horrors of the Holocaust when they
are still in kindergarten at the Beis Rochel boys’ school in north

A whistle-blower, who wished to remain anonymous, has shown The Independent
a worksheet given to boys aged three and four at the school. In it,
children were asked to complete questions related to the holiday of 21
Kislev, observed by Satmer Jews as the day its founder and holy Rebbe,
Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, escaped the Nazis.

The document refers to Nazis only as “goyim” – a term for non-Jews some people argue is offensive.
Green, who used to teach at the same Beis Rochel girls’ secondary
school, now chairs the Gesher EU organisation which supports
ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to leave the community.

“It’s not
uncommon to be taught non-Jewish people are evil in ultra-Orthodox
Jewish schools. It is part of the prayers, teaching, their whole ethos,”
she said.

Describing it as a form of “indoctrination”, Ms Green
added:  “Psychologically, you become so afraid of the world out there
after being taught how dangerous and bad and evil non-Jews are, that it
makes it harder to leave.”

Independently translated from Yiddish for The Independent,
the worksheet’s first question reads: “What have the evil goyim
(non-Jews) done with the synagogues and cheders [Jewish primary
schools]?” The answer in the completed worksheet reads: “Burned them.”

question asks: “What did the goyim want to do with all the Jews?” – to
which the answer, according to the worksheet, is: “Kill them.”.

doesn’t explicitly refer to the Holocaust,” the source said. “It’s a
document that teaches very young children to be very afraid and treat
non-Jews very suspiciously because of what they did to us in the past.

not a history lesson – you can’t say that. It’s a parable that is
actively teaching the children extremism, hatred and a fear for the
outside world.”

A spokesperson for Beis Rochel said that the
worksheets would be amended and apologised for any offence. However they
argued the phrase “goyim” was not offensive and accusations that they
were indoctrinating children were “without basis”. “The language we used
was not in any way intended to cause offence, now this has been brought
to our attention, we will endeavour to use more precise language in the