Former pupils at St Conleth’s College in Dublin, Ireland, are demanding an apology from the school over the bullying and physical abuse inflicted by a former teacher who was a Nazi collaborator during World War II. Louis Feutren, a French teacher at the school from 1957 to 1985, had a known history as a member of the Breton nationalist group “Bezen Perrot” and held the rank of Oberscharführer in Hitler’s SS. He was sentenced to death by France for crimes against Jewish people and French resistance fighters. Feutren evaded capture and fled to Ireland, where he continued his teaching career.
Former pupils, led by Uki Goñi, have launched a campaign urging the school’s board members to apologize for Feutren’s actions. They claim that Feutren’s brutal punishments and humiliations left students terrified. Witnesses recall instances of physical violence, including one incident where Feutren allegedly bashed a student, causing him to fly across the room. Feutren also reportedly forced children to remove clothing if they couldn’t recite the correct French word.
In response to the school’s statement expressing shock over Feutren’s potential involvement in wartime atrocities, Goñi criticized St Conleth’s for failing to make a clean break with its past. The school has yet to issue an apology.
Collaborators like Feutren played a role in carrying out some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust era, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Nazis utilized indigenous auxiliaries, including civilian, military, and police forces, to aid in the annihilation of the Jewish population.