Netanyahu on Holocaust Remembrance Day: Every Generation Must Confront Evil

Hugh Fox
April 13, 2018

Doing so, Azman said, would constitute "a fine" on Poland, where Holocaust-related visits and Jewish-roots tourism are big business. How can so many of us be so ignorant of one of the most basic facts about the Holocaust? Forty-one percent did not know what Auschwitz was.

Holocaust survivors lit six torches at the Wednesday memorial to mark the six million Jews massacred by the Nazis during World War II.

As part of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown united to read a joint proclamation marking April 8 to 15 as "Days of Remembrance for the Victims of the Nazi Holocaust" locally.

Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or less were killed during the Holocaust.

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Roughly 45 percent of Americans, and 49 percent of millennials, can't name a single concentration camp in general.

An organisation representing Holocaust survivors and their families has said it is "alarmed" by a survey which indicates that young people in the U.S. lack "basic knowledge" about the genocide. We should be encouraging every one of these fearless souls to tell their stories, because history must remember. Schneider adds. "There's no time to waste".

Worldwide, the estimated number of living Holocaust survivors has fallen to 400,000, according to the Claims Conference, many of them in their 80s and 90s. Rabbi Schacter essentially was absent without leave as he moved into the camp and lived there for 10 weeks with the survivors, catering to their needs and repairing whatever he could fix. Eleven percent of Americans (or 22 percent of millennials) either have not heard of or aren't sure whether they've heard of the Holocaust at all, and 31 percent of Americans (or 41 percent of millennials) believe 2 million or fewer Jewish people died in the Holocaust.

"In the Holocaust we were defenseless, with no shield or voice", he continued. "Of course not", Schulman writes, but adds it is "just not true" that "historical knowledge and care about the Holocaust is dependent on closeness in time".

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The 28-story buildings, which are home to the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, hosted during the last two weeks an exhibit titled "Shoah - Holocaust: How was it humanly possible?" produced by Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum.

One of the most troubling findings is that nearly one-third of all respondents and over 40 percent of Millennials, indicated that nowhere near 6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, with both groups saying that 2 million or fewer were killed.

The Claims Conference said there are "critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust" in American society, stressing that USA schools must provide more comprehensive education on the crimes.

Spungen, as well as other influential speakers and the school, showed films they thought were important, like "The Counterfeiters", the 2007 Oscar victor for best foreign language film that details the secret Nazi scheme of currency forging.

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