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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 10 July 28, 1943

Editorial — Education For Death

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Education For Death

For twenty year in Italy and ten years in Germany the fascist ideal in education has been held up before the growing youth. Fanaticism, race prejudice and hate of all democratic and genuine working class institutions has been taught in the schools and colleges. Women have been allotted the place of a useful animal. Jews and political enemies have been considered as lower than beasts.

It is into territory that has this background that our troops are fighting their way. That is not to say that the underground movement is not very strong—there is no question about that, but also there is this point. Mussolini has resigned and Bodaglio is "taking his place" as asked by Victor Emmanuel. Victor Emmanuel allowed Benito Mussolini to power twenty years ago. Bodaglio's name came before us in the brutalities of the 1935 Italo-Abyssinian War and he is a member of the fascist party.

Now is not a time for compromise. The guerillas in Croatia are already fighting on their own account, and in Greece and in Haute Savoie. "Conquered" Europe remains unconquerable because it is based on the people of Europe, and the majority of the people were never fascist.

But let us remember this. On whatever grounds we object to fascism, we must admit it is not a thing to pass in the night, to give up the struggle easily. Let us not be deluded into thinking we can make terms with the fascists. It is not enough for Italy to be out of the war. She must be free.