Friday, June 06, 2014

Slander has raced around the world while truth is just putting on its shoes.

Several people have posted on the Tuam "mass grave" story, insinuating all kinds of things.  This article offers a different perspective:

//6. According to Corless the children at the home had a mortality rate four or five times higher than the national average. A 1944 report described the children as “emaciated,” “pot-bellied,” “fragile” with “flesh hanging loosely on limbs.” Some children were “poor, emaciated and not thriving.” She spoke with people who had spent time there as children who remembered bad food and harsh treatment.

But in 1935 a spokesman for the Mayo Board of Health said that “Tuam is one of the best managed institutions I have seen in the country”.  Corless also quotes a travel writer who wrote in the 1950s: “The grounds were well kept and had many flower beds. The Home is run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours of Paris and the Reverend Mother showed me around… The whole building was fresh and clean.” Perhaps these visitors were just “useful fools” duped by cunning nuns. But clearly the conflicting accounts of conditions in the home need to be sifted before passing judgement.//

Of course, 1944 was 1944, i.e., in the middle of the German U-Boat blockade, so one might wonder what effect being blockaded from receiving food might have had.

But those are just, you know, facts; dry, dreary things compared with the intense joy of scapegoating.

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