Belgian school ‘proud’ of teacher honored at Iran Holocaust cartoon show

Luc Descheemaeker drew the words ‘Arbeit macht frei’ over a wall with guard posts, presumably comparing the West Bank to Auschwitz. Faculty at a Catholic high school in Belgium said they were proud of a senior teacher who won an award and a cash prize at Iran’s controversial cartoon contest about the Holocaust. Luc Descheemaeker, who this summer retired from the Sint-Jozefs Institute high school in the city of Torhout, 60 miles west of Antwerp, accepted a “special prize” at the Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest in Tehran in May for a drawing of the words “Arbeit macht frei” over a wall with guard posts — presumably comparing Israel’s security barrier along the West Bank with the gates at Auschwitz. The German sentence, which means “work sets you free,” was featured on a gate of the Nazi death camp in Poland. Descheemaeker, who spoke at the competition via a video uplink from Belgium, won $1,000 for the cartoon, organizers said. The first-prize winning entry was a drawing of a cash register shaped like Auschwitz. UNESCO, the United Nations educational organization, has condemned the cartoon contest — the second organized in Iran since 2006 — as aiming “at a mockery of the genocide of the Jewish people, a tragic page of humanity’s history.”

via timesofisrael: Belgian school ‘proud’ of teacher honored at Iran Holocaust cartoon show

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