Thursday, December 02, 2004

What's Auschwitz?

If you know the significance of Auschwitz, you're smarter than half of Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly half of Britons in a poll said they had never heard of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in southern Poland that became a symbol of the Holocaust and the attempted genocide of the Jews.

The results of the survey conducted by the BBC were released on Thursday as Britain's public broadcaster announced it will show a new series next January to mark the 60th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation.
"We were amazed by the results of our audience research," said Laurence Rees, a producer on the series, "Auschwitz: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution."'

"It's easy to presume that the horrors of Auschwitz are engrained in the nation's collective memory, but obviously this is not the case," Rees said.

The survey found that 45 percent of those surveyed had not heard of Auschwitz. Historians estimate that anywhere from one million to three million people, about 90 percent of them Jews, were killed there.

London, England is 348 miles from Poland. Although England isn't officially considered "Europe," the dominant political philosophy and culture is.

I'd venture a guess that those same statistics apply to other European countries too. How can the European/liberal culture avert repeating history if they're not 'au courant' of the monolithic historical events that happened just down the block? Never underestimate the power of European liberal denial. In this case, they've expunged part of history from their consciousness. You don't have to confront evil when you're ignorant to it's existence.


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