A Dublin school that employed a French former Nazi officer as a teacher who physically abused pupils over decades should apologize, according to former students cited by The Irish Times today.
Louis Feutren, who died in 2009, served in the notorious Nazi SS military unit during World War II and was a member of a Breton nationalist group “Bezen Perrot” that hunted for 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 apologize over Feutren, the Frenchman regularly abused pupils during class.
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.