History textbooks for tenth graders were brought back into Crimean schools, which contain statements that “incite hatred towards the Crimean Tatar people” because of the chapter on “Crimean Tatars-collaborators” during the Second World War.
According to the parents of students, the textbooks are old, but with those pages which indicated that during the Second World War, “the majority of the Tatar population was loyal to the Germans, and many actively helped them” being torn out. A total of 6 pages were cut off from the textbook.
At the beginning of 2019, a scandal broke out in Crimea over a manual on the history of Crimea. Workers in the field of arts and education of the Crimea, lawyers, appealed to the Minister of Education of Crimea with a request to withdraw the Russian textbook “History of Crimea” for 10th grade edited by S. V. Yurchenko, which states that during the Second World War “the majority of the Tatar population was loyal to the Germans, and many actively helped them.”
After that, information appeared about the removal of the textbook from school libraries. On March 25, in a response from the Crimean Ministry of Education to the request of a lawyer, Lenura Yengulatova, they reported that the Russian textbook “History of Crimea” for grade 10 was not used in schools on the peninsula.
On May 11, it was reported that the Crimean authorities decided to “stick”, “paint over” and “cut out” the scandalous paragraphs of the history textbook.