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April 28, 2018

40% of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz is

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 5:38 pm

Here is a quote from this recent news article: http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2018/04/more_than_40_of_americans_dont.html

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For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement.

But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened — and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18-34.

Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around 6 million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. Only 39 percent of Americans know that Hitler was democratically elected.

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Readers can start learning about Auschwitz by going to this page on my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz02.html

Then continue your Auschwitz education by reading this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz12A.html

Then read this page: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Auschwitz1/Auschwitz08.htm

Photographs were forbidden when I visited Auschwitz, but I risked my life to take photos. I pretended that I could not understand the signs. I was not arrested and some of the tourists applauded when I took photos, risking a jail sentence. When confronted, I always pretended that I was confused and didn’t know what I was doing.

 

Should Holocaust stories be required in public schools?

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:11 pm

To read the answer to the question asked in the title of my blog post, go to this news article: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/schindlers-list-reunion-behind-scenes-stories-mel-gibson-trauma-holocaust-should-be-taught-school-tr-1106706

The following quote gives the answer to the question in the title:

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In response to a question about a recent survey that found a lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among millennials, Spielberg said, “It’s not a pre-requisite to graduate high school, as it should be. It should be part of the social science, social studies curriculum in every public high school in this country.”

He clarified that he wasn’t saying his movie should be taught in schools necessarily, but said, “these stories that Holocaust survivors have the courage to tell” should be on the curriculum.

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I don’t agree that this subject should be taught in public schools in America. There is no place for religion in public schools. It is O.K. to teach the Holocaust in a Jewish school, but not in a public school. How would the Jews like it if Holocaust denial were taught in a public school?

When the Holocaust is taught anywhere, both sides of the story should be taught, not just the Jewish version of the story, or the Nazi version of the story.  Let the children decide which side they want to believe.

I know what you are going to say: “How can little children decide anything?” Little children should be taught to think for themselves, and not to take the side of anyone in a debate.