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Old 12-02-2004, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default Nearly Half of Britons Unaware of Auschwitz -Poll

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...auschwitz_dc_3

Nearly Half of Britons Unaware of Auschwitz -Poll

Thu Dec 2,11:22 AM ET Entertainment - Reuters TV


By Jeffrey Goldfarb

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.


Among women and people younger than 35, 60 percent had never heard of Auschwitz, despite the recent popularity of films such as "Schindler's List," "Life is Beautiful" and "The Pianist," which depict the atrocities of the Holocaust.


"The name Auschwitz is quite rightly a byword for horror, but the problem with thinking about horror is that we naturally turn away from it," Rees said.


The BBC said the research was based on a nationally representative postal survey of 4,000 adults 16 and older.


The broadcaster is marking Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, with a variety of television and radio programs.


The Auschwitz series for BBC2 is based on nearly 100 interviews with survivors and perpetrators and is the result of three years of research with the assistance of professors Ian Kershaw and David Cesarani.
Ill bet they know about guantanamo though~
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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Just for fun:

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/dat...y.cfm?HHID=533
In the spring of 1944, four prisoners escaped from Auschwitz, carrying tangible proof of the Nazi's systematic program of mass murder. In mid-July, American and British leaders learned what was happening at Auschwitz, but they rejected pleas to bomb the gas chambers or the roads and rail lines leading to the camps. Military officials opposed bombing because it would divert "considerable air support essential to the success of our forces now engaged in decisive operations."

This was not the first time that western help failed to come. During the 1930s, the U.S. State Department blocked efforts by Jewish refugees to migrate to the United States. Between 1933 and 1945, the United States allowed only 132,000 Jewish refugees, just 10 percent of the quota allowed by law. This opposition to Jewish immigration, in turn, reflected widespread anti-Semitism. As late as 1939, opinion polls indicated that 53 percent of Americans agreed with the statement "Jews are different and should be restricted.

http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v15/v15n1p25_Raven.html
In April 1993, just days before the opening of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, newspapers across the country reported "chilling" and "startling" news: 22 percent of American adults surveyed in a major public opinion poll said they thought it was possible that "the Nazi extermination of the Jews" never took place.

An additional twelve percent of adult respondents in the survey -- sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and conducted by the Roper organization -- said they did not know if it was possible or impossible.

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Responding to criticism, the AJC recommissioned the poll, changing only question 16. In the second survey, this question was worded: "Does it seem possible to you that the Nazi extermination of the Jews never happened, or do you feel certain that it happened?" The results of the second, 1994 AJC poll were quite different: Only about one percent of Americans thought it was possible the Holocaust never happened, while eight percent were unsure. ("Poll on Doubt of Holocaust is Corrected," The New York Times, July 8, 1994)

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# In Italy, one in ten persons surveyed in 1992 by the Italian magazine Espresso believes that the Holocaust story is an "invention of the Jews." (See the Sept.-Oct. 1993 Journal, p. 29).

http://www.iearn.org/hgp/aeti/1994-roper-poll.html
# 38% of adults and 51% of high school students could not identify Auschwitz, Dachau, and Treblinka as concentration camps.

Cool. Americans 10 years ago at least were ahead of those Britons!
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:06 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Chukzombi
Ill bet they know about guantanamo though~
I bet they don't. Saw something on T.V. one day where they surveyed people and they didn't know who the vice president was. That is the current state of a large population of our country. Everyone is so blinded by the entertainment business that they don't know or care about their government or the world around them. They can name every celebrity, musician, or sports star and tell everything about their lives, but don't know anything about the world around them. We have video games, tv, music, movies, and the internet that take up a large portion of their time that, in the old days, was probably spend learning about real news events.
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:16 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Heretic
in the old days, <time> was probably spend learning about real news events.

Heh. I doubt it. For one thing, access to information was much tougher to come by in the past. Not everyone even had a daily newspaper, assuming that was a source for accurate news instead of "yellow journalism". People were probably fairly informed about local events and that's it.
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:20 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Gauche
For one thing, access to information was much tougher to come by in the past.
Thats also a good point. In the past, whatever little information that was recieved about national/world events was probably taken seriously and listened to. Its not like today where you have news channels and websites with a million differnt stories going on at the same time.
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Old 12-04-2004, 06:15 AM   #6
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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...perSurvey.html

About 11 percent of young citizens of the U.S. couldn't even locate the U.S. on a map. The Pacific Ocean's location was a mystery to 29 percent; Japan, to 58 percent; France, to 65 percent; and the United Kingdom, to 69 percent.
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