Jewish child forced to play Adolf Hitler in sick school reenactment of Holocaust

A teacher has been placed on leave after allegedly forcing school children to re-enact scenes from the Holocaust – and forced a Jewish child to play Adolf Hitler.

The bizarre situation occurred at Watkins Elementary School in Washington, DC, involving a group of third graders – aged around eight or nine years old.

According to local news reports, parents claimed that the re-staging even included the rumoured suicide of the leader of the Third Reich – which saw one child pretend to shoot himself in the head.

The teacher behind this, who has not been named, was placed on leave on Friday, according to the Washington Post.

Principal M Scott Berkowitz said, in an email to parents: "I want to acknowledge the gravity of this poor instructional decision, as students should never be asked to act out or portray any atrocity, especially genocide, war, or murder.

"In no way is this lesson supported by the school’s leadership or the District of Columbia Public Schools curriculum."

The staff member allegedly tried to persuade students not to tell anyone about the re-enactment, but a parent claimed that they told one of their main teachers anyway.

All of the pupils involved in the play met with the school's mental health response team after the incident became public knowledge.

One parent claimed that her son was told to "pretend to be on the trains" that ran between the Nazi concentration camps before "simulating death by gas chamber", while alone was told to fake "shooting his classmates".

There are also claims that the teacher made antisemitic comments throughout the sessions, and when asked why he was doing this by one of the pupils, he replied with an ancient antisemitic religious-based blood-libel that "Jews ruined Christmas".

A school investigation is now taking place, both internally and by the wider school district, with the teacher involved remaining on leave until the investigation is finished.

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