Re: 50 State Survey Finds One Out of 10 Millennials and Generation Z Didi Not Recall Word 'Holocaust: or Basic Facts of the Genocide #announcements # holocaust #announcements #usa

Jessica Skippon

I first read this in The Guardian and our family emails did the expected outrage. Then my 25 year old grandson researched and brought up the survey responses themselves. I was shocked at how distorted the report was. For example:

"Sixty-three percent of those surveyed did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, and over half of those thought the death toll was fewer than 2 million."

9. Approximately how many Jews were killed during the Holocaust?  Please select from the following list:


25,000              5%

100,000            6%

1 million            10%

2 million            15%

6 million            37%

20 million          10%

Not sure            17%

Personally, I would include all responses between 1 million and 20 million as knowing something about the scale of the Holocaust. But the writer chose only those who answered accurately.

I was a small child in Brooklyn when the Holocaust happened, and I found out about it in 1950 by reading Life Magazine. I don't remember ever being taught about it in high school, but self-taught myself by reading and then at 63 studying it at university. We are making assumptions that everyone knows the history of the 20th century, but I think we need to accept that we have a legacy to pass on. I don't mean just the Holocaust, but also a time when social justice was considered important.I could add many more values and qualities, but you know what I am talking about.

The full survey responses is in the link - but you need to go to almost the end, just before the list of States, and click on Millennial National Topline.

Jessica Skippon

Researching: SCHANZER, BORGER, BIRN, JACHZEL, Andrychau, Wadowice, Bielsko Biala


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