Never for­get

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

There is both en­cour­ag­ing and dispir­it­ing news for Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tors and the Jewish com­mu­nity in gen­eral from this week’s YouGov poll con­cern­ing Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day, pro­duced ex­clu­sively for the JC. On the plus side, only a tiny fac­tion of re­spon­dents be­lieved the Holo­caust to have been a myth, or the ex­tent of Nazi atroc­i­ties to have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated by Jewish or pro-Is­raeli groups. Yet a con­cern­ing statis­tic is that 28 per cent of 18- to 29-year-olds ad­mit­ted to lit­tle knowl­edge of the sub­ject, while 63 per cent of the 1,132 peo­ple ques­tioned main­tained that Holo­caust de­nial should not be made a crim­i­nal of­fence in Bri­tain. The lat­ter re­sponse should greatly in­ter­est Home Sec­re­tary John Reid, who has told the JC that he de­plores Holo­caust de­nial. In­ter­est­ingly, though, some sur­vivors ar­gue that, how­ever per­ni­cious they find the de­niers’ sen­ti­ments, they would not wish to see free speech re­pressed. One area of con­sen­sus was the need for con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tional ad­vance­ments among the younger pop­u­la­tion. In re­cent years, or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust have been in­stru­men­tal in im­prov­ing un­der­stand­ing within the sec­ondary-school age group — by ac­tiv­i­ties such as Auschwitz vis­its — of the crimes against hu­man­ity per­pe­trated dur­ing the Hitler era. Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day brings in­for­ma­tive com­mem­o­ra­tive events to towns and vil­lages with­out Jewish res­i­dents. Yet as our poll clearly demon­strates, wor­ry­ingly large num­bers are slip­ping through the knowl­edge net, mak­ing fur­ther in­vest­ment im­per­a­tive.

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