Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Theme Park Claim Anger; School Governor Wants Cash to Go on Books Rather Than Trips

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Theme Park Claim Anger; School Governor Wants Cash to Go on Books Rather Than Trips

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Byline: By LAURA CAROE

A SCHOOL governor has been criticised for comparing a concentration camp with a theme park.

Ken Booth, a parent governor of Hawthorn Primary School, Elswick Road, Newcastle, and Tyneside organiser of the British National Party, made the claim when asked about school trips to Auschwitz.

Mr Booth, a school governor for four years, said he believed there was too much focus on Auschwitz and too little on other areas savaged by war.

He said schools should spend on books and equipment instead of educational trips to the death camp. Mr Booth, who says his own father suffered at Belsen concentration camp, said: "No-one is comparing Disneyland to Auschwitz but we are talking about how it has become more akin to a theme park.

"Everyone agrees atrocities took place. But to over promote one facet perpetually gives the impression that some one entity has the franchise on self-pity and suffering and all the other casualties of the war were less significant. …

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