Learning from the Holocaust Prohibited at Purdue University, Calumet

Editor’s note: following our article earlier this week on the cancellation of an anti-Semitism lecture at the University of Purdue Calumet, disinvited speaker, Peggy Shapiro, wrote to FrontPage to give us her reaction:

“Why do they teach about the Holocaust, but deny students the opportunity to learn from me?”  My mother, a Holocaust survivor¸ asked me that question when she learned that she and I were disinvited to speak at Purdue University, Calumet because a presentation about the “Nazi Roots of Modern Anti-Semitism” was deemed “too controversial” and potentially upsetting to some students. I was stunned by the cancellation and had no answer to my mother’s question.

When the Indiana Jewish Federation and the Political Science Department of Purdue University invited me to discuss the influence of Nazi era imagery and messaging on current anti-Semitic propaganda, I readily accepted. Although Purdue has a history course on the Holocaust, the lessons of the Holocaust are not merely historical. They are relevant to the most pressing issues which impact us today. The Holocaust teaches us to recognize the war of words which paves the road for more violent aggression against a minority, whether that minority is Jewish, Christian, European or Rwandan.  That dark time in history can also arm us to confront dangerous stereotypes and even more dangerous silence to the persecution of others.

Students at Purdue University deserve the right to learn about Nazi imagery so that they can recognize it when it appears in the modern political arena. They deserve the opportunity to hear from a witness to the Holocaust, an opportunity which may never present itself to them again. Most important, they deserve to get an education, not a timid, politically correct indoctrination that avoids examining a very real bigotry we are witnessing today. Neither Purdue nor the Indiana Jewish Federation provided an explanation of why my speech was cancelled.  I think the students deserve better and so does a Holocaust survivor.

Peggy Shapiro is a Chicago Community Coordinator with StandWithUs.

  • Brujo Blanco

    The left does not wish for people to understand such things. It helps the international pinion missions which include identifiable enemies such as Americans in general and Jews in particular.

  • Schlomotion

    “Why do they teach about the Holocaust, but deny students the opportunity to learn from me?”

    The answer to that narcissistic and wounded question is clear. The University does not want to be blackmailed by Zionist affirmative action scams to forcibly hire belligerent foreign nationalists who instigate an accusatory propaganda and fundraising campaign under the guise of a serious historical issue, The Holocaust, or exploit it for the financial benefit of mean spirited people. It does not want to be bled dry by racists through its student organization monies.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,you're one of the most mean-spirited persons I've seen on the website,Schlomotion.

      • Schlomotion

        I'm warming up for the club meet-up.

    • Disgusted

      You are a piece of sh*t, oh, a really mean, stinking piece of sh*t!

    • Anonymous

      Jews and Israel continue to exist -> the piece if walking excrement thus loses once again today.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      'Zionist affirmative action'

      Zionists usually only care for the survival of Israel, they are not into the multi-cult insanity.
      You are talking about BOLSHEVIKS, who hate Zionists–you

    • Jamie W.

      You'd be "wounded" too if you were in her place. You are a person devoid of conscience.

  • Atlas_Collins

    Blah Blah Blah …. the "shoah" myth is receding into the mists of history, and people are wise to the curious happenstance that there seems to be an inordinate number of "holocaust survivors" walking around nearly 70 years after the supposed event.

    • SoCalMike

      The Holocaust is the most well recorded event of the 20th century.
      When you find yourself in agreement with the Yasser Arafats of the world an intelligent person might reexamine their position.
      Then again ideologues don't bother to think things through because they already know what to think.

      • Idelle Kerzner

        There is another problem on the Purdue Calumet Campus that some may not be aware of. An anti-Semitic cartoon appeared in their campus paper. It was disgusting. I think the campus is afraid of their Muslim population.

    • Zionista

      Your just angry because a Jew hating pig like you believes that non enough of us were killed – and that so many of us are successful – how many of your ilk have won Nobel prizes????

    • Flowerknife_us

      You must be unhappy about not having such childhood experiences.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Atlas: Obama is preparing for a Bolshevik holocaust. Since you have no mercy on genocidal maniacs, I will be happy when payback time is comin around and God remembers you.

  • lesismor

    The Germans are nothing if not precise and exacting. They say they murdered 6 million Jews and kept records to prove it. I see no reason to argue with them.-

    • Delores Kaufman

      When I was doing research on my Polish family in Poland during WWII I had to also get papers from the International Red Cross which had information on an uncle who was in Auchwitz from 1940 till 1943 as a Polish POW. In 1943 he was sent to a German slave labor camp until liberated by the American Army.THere are records of every single "job" he had in the labor camp.

      While going through the RED CROSS papers, It had the DAILY records written by German clerks for my uncle for all those years in Auschwitz. What his health was, if he went to his "job" as a carpendar and other little notes about him . EACH day…the Germans kept RECORDS upon RECORDS and they were fanatical about keeping records .

      They made records of ALL the MILLIONS of Jews they murdered too.

      So ANY IDIOT that denies the holocaust is just THAT , AN IDIOT! A BIG SLIMEY IDIOT SLUG.

      • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

        Its sick, Delores. Hitler also murdered his own people and these MORONS worship the devil, hitler.

  • SoCalMike

    The Left is engaged in a war to control and rewrite history and current events.
    They are truly poisonous things and like cockroaches they infest our media and universities.

  • BlackGermanShepherd
    • stern


    • Zionista

      isn't that the site where inbred, knuckledragging klansman hang out?

    • Stephen_Brady

      Idiot …

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Black, when the left wing holocaust comes after your family, I pray HARD that they will show you absolutely ZERO mercy.

  • Edisa

    Thank you for your comments! We would like to hear more. The key reason for continuing awareness of the topic you present: Germany was supposed to be a civilized country. Yet the horror occurred there. The veneer of civilization did not protect. The question is WHY? We need to understand how to resist the propaganda of people who take power and use power illegitimately, and who define people by group identity rather than inherent worth as individual human beings and equals. Vigilance and remembrance and understanding are required to prevent repetition, for anyone can become victimized by prejudice. Please be persistent in speaking up. Perhaps other organizations at the university will sponsor. In a Postmodernist setting, which the university may have become, your own description has become more important than ever.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      What is terribly sad is that we are in the middle of a Bolshevik/NAZI type revolt now, that will only get worse with time.
      The people that come to dump on the Jew and non Jews here are sick. They do not consider that this is what we are up against.
      So, I pray everyday that if it does happen here, they will be shown no mercy in order to repent when they laugh at human suffering (Jew OR Non Jew)

  • Ghostwriter

    I commend Ms. Shapiro for her heartfelt article. I also condemn Schlomotion's anti-semitic and hardhearted comments. He is a disgrace to this site.

  • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

    Ms Shapiro:
    When you use the term 'anti-semitism' it really weakens the argument, these people are JEW HATERS, period.
    This site barely talks about the Holocaust.
    It is SICK what happened to you.

    I usually spend a lot of my time talking about the Bolshevik genocide because I feel that is what is coming to America–this may be something to consider when you go to speak–to incorporate that as well. The Bolsheviks targeted synagogues, and persecuted Jews with horrors that are too terrible to mention.

  • Fred

    I can't understand how people can hate the Jewish People and then go and bow down and worship a Jewish Rabbi named JESUS. GO FIGURE!

  • Anamah

    This is so wrong… how could be this censors applying their prohibition to learn about the terrible history they are like to repeat. We are witnessing a fall of our own social morality.

  • Perry

    Fred – you're assuming of course those who cancelled the presentation are Christians..