Iowa School District Apologizes for Presenting Heinrich Himmler’s Speech as ‘Quote of the Day’ to Students

The Indianola Community School District in Iowa issued an apology after a staff member included a quote from Nazi Holocaust architect Heinrich Himmler in a morning announcement to students. 

This mistake occurred amidst growing awareness and concern about anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in educational institutions across the United States.

The incident involved the quotation of Himmler’s phrase “My honor is my loyalty” in an email sent to students and parents. 

This phrase, historically associated with the Schutzstaffel (SS), the paramilitary group of the Nazi Party, was used as the school’s ‘respect quote of the day.’ 

The quote was broadcast over the public address system at Indianola Middle School. Superintendent Ted Ihns issued an apology, recognizing the inappropriate nature of the source and the offense it caused.

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School Apologizes Amid Anti-Semitism Surge

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The Indianola Community School District in Iowa issued an apology after a staff member included a quote from Nazi Holocaust architect Heinrich Himmler in a morning announcement to students.

The phrase attributed to Heinrich Himmler is infamously known for its connection to Nazi ideology and its use as a motto by the SS to signify loyalty to Adolf Hitler. 

The school’s decision to use this quote was particularly concerning given the recent spike in anti-Semitic incidents on US campuses following the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. 

Superintendent Ihns’s apology emphasized that the quote was unintentional and outlined plans to implement a new process for vetting selections in the future.

The quote’s use coincides with a broader investigation by the Department of Education into complaints of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in schools, including the Maize Unified School District in Kansas and several colleges across the United States. 

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona emphasized the importance of ensuring safe and inclusive educational environments free from hate and discrimination. 

The Anti-Defamation League reported a significant increase in antisemitic incidents during this period, highlighting the urgency of addressing these issues in educational settings.

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