Students ask Dublin school to apologise for employing French former Nazi

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A Dublin school that employed a French former Nazi officer as a teacher who physically abused pupils over decades should apologise, say former students cited by the Irish Times.

Louis Feutren, who died in 2009, served in the Nazi SS military unit during World War II and was a member of a Breton nationalist group "Bezen Perrot" that hunted Jews and French Resistance fighters.

Born in 1922, Feutren was sentenced to death in France after the war before fleeing to Ireland in 1945 where he gained a university degree and taught French at St Conleth's College in Dublin from 1957 to 1985.

According to Uki Goni, who studied at St Conleth's in the 1970s and has coordinated a letter campaign sent to the school asking it to apologise over Feutren, the Frenchman regularly abused pupils during class.

Physical abuse

In Goni's letter, cited by the Irish Times, several testimonies by pupils recall physical abuse inflicted on them by Feutren even after a 1982 ban on corporal punishment in Irish schools.

One pupil said he was ordered to strip in front of the class because he forgot French words for clothing items.

Describing Feutren as a "monster", Goni, whose father was the former Argentinian ambassador to Ireland, said the Frenchman "was a boastful, unrepentant and proud former officer in the most evil and tyrannical organisation of the 20th century, the Nazi SS".

Goni said the school's current management cannot be held responsible for employing Feutren but it should "apologise for actions [...] that were carried out under the name it still bears today".

There was no immediate comment from the school, the newspaper said.

(with AFP)