May 30, 2018

Sad stats

41 percent of Americans surveyed didn't know what Auschwitz was. That included 66 percent of millennials.


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Anonymous said...

Why should anyone know that sort of trivia, Sam? That's a factoid like the frequently-seen breathless claim that only some small percentage of USAians can name all the state capitals, or the potato capital of the US. So what?

A compare-and-contrast between Auschwitz and Gaza, the respective ideological underpinnings that created and maintain/ed them, and the attitudes of the respective jailers and civilian populaces that tacitly support those crimes against humanity -- that might be interesting and useful. But just Auschwitz in isolation? Who cares?

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Anonymous said...

The holocaust wasn't the only genocide or mass slaughter. How many were there in the 20th century?

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Anonymous said...

Maybe if the ADL wasn’t so busy screaming that every criticism of Bibi is another Holocaust the kids would know the real thing when they see it.

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Laser said...

Graham Chapman's fantastic one liner response to a German guard outside Dachau. Here re-told by Eric Idle from the Live in Aspen show from 1998:
"The Germans came to us and they said, 'Look, we don't have a sense of humor, but we've heard that you do. Will you come to Germany and write a comedy show for us?' ... "

Extensive List Of Camps:
Most Famous Of The 63:
Auschwitz-Birkenau.....Poland, Labor & Extermination Camp
Buchenwald.................Germany, Labor Camp
Dachau........................Germany, Labor camp
Sobibór........................Poland, Extermination camp
Treblinka......................Poland, Extermination camp
Warsaw........................Poland, Concentration & Extermination camp

Read: The Silver Sword (1956) by IAN SERRAILLIER
One of the great and enduring tales of survival, courage and hope. Ian Serrailler tells
this extraordinary wartime story simply and directly, so that we feel the full force of its
truth" -- Michael Morpurgo "As a child I was tremendously moved by Ian Serrailer's The
Silver Sword; the combination of childhood heroism in a bleak and horrific environment left
me with many questions about the dichotomy of good and evil, as well as the importance of
loyal friendship" -- John Boyne "One of the most exciting books I've read for a long while"
* Daily Telegraph * "Old-fashioned storytelling about courage at its best" * The Times *
"One of the most remarkable children's books since 1945 -- Oxford Companion to Children's

Read: A Dust Rag for Easter Eggs
A Short Story for Easter
Claire Huchet Bishop
There were five children talking things over at the corner of the street of The-Cat-Who-Goes-Fishing
and the Boulevard Saint-Michel in Paris. They called themselves The Gang of The-Cat-Who-Goes- Fishing.
They had spent countless nights in the same air raid shelter during the five years of occupation and
even had managed, though they were only children, to play tricks on the Germans. And now they went to school
together, came back together, and played together on free days...

"Look well, oh Wolves" -- Akela, and don't forget the past.

Best, Tom