Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
We pause to reflect on the fact that approximately six million Jews were murdered during the Second World War.
It is horrific to think about what occurred within the walls of concentrations camps like Auschwitz, Dachau, and Bergen-Belsen, but we absolutely must. We can’t repeat that chapter in history.
As an American, I believe it is imperative that we stand as allies with our Israeli brothers and sisters. No matter who our president is, they must always be a friend to that great nation. Unfortunately, it seems that too many young Americans have either not been properly taught about the Holocaust or are too lazy to inform themselves about the past.
According to a survey commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Holocaust awareness within the United States is at an all-time low, emphasis mine.
Seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) say fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust than they used to.
A majority of Americans (58 percent) believe something like the Holocaust could happen again
The following is entirely unacceptable.
Nearly one-third of all Americans (31 percent) and more than 4-in-10 Millennials (41 percent) believe that substantially less than 6 million Jews were killed (two million or fewer) during the Holocaust
While there were over 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust, almost half of Americans (45 percent) cannot name a single one – and this percentage is even higher amongst Millennials
11% of US adults and over one-fifth of Millennials (22%) haven’t heard or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust
Thankfully, the majority of respondents (93%) believe that students should learn about it. That percentage should be 100%.
Every American should have a detailed awareness of the Holocaust. This is not something only for Americans with a real thirst for history. Humanity as a whole must never, ever forget the pure evil that existed, persisted, and took millions of innocent lives.
I’m glad to have been taught the truth while in school, within my own home growing up, and later as a history major in college. I will certainly do my part to discuss the horrors of the Holocaust.
We must maintain this discomfort and honor the memories of the souls who were extinguished by hate.
None of us has any excuse.
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