Taiwan should learn from Germany on facing past history: president

Taipei--Taiwan should learn about how Germany faces its Nazi past by not contorting history in a manner that allows one to glorify or impersonate historical figures whose past actions stand for human contempt and oppression, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said in her opening speech during Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday.

In an event jointly organized by the representative offices of Israel and Germany in Taipei, the Ministry of Education, and the National Central Library to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, Tsai noted that the importance of remembering and studying the Holocaust is by no means exclusive to Israel and Germany, but to the whole world.

The president also called on Israel to work with Taiwan to help spread awareness about this important historical tragedy, while urging local educators to reflect deeply on human rights and pass on those lessons to young people.

Understanding of the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust has not been deeply ingrained amongst local society, Tsai said, adding that the annual event is an important exercise to learn more about the history of the Holocaust and the developments that paved the way to it.

Last December, a class of Kuang-Fu High School students triggered widespread criticism in Taiwan after photos posted online showed them dressed in costumes resembling Nazi uniforms, wielding swastika flags and displaying Nazi tanks made of paper cartons at a history-themed cosplay event organized by the school.

The incident prompted the Presidential Office to demand that the Cabinet hold the high school accountable. The Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and the German Institute Taipei also expressed shock and disappointment over the incident.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel