report, one in five young Germans, aged 18-29, had no idea what Auschwitz was during WWII. Ninety percent did know it was a concentration camp. But, a clear 20% did not know Auschwitz was a place of death. One-third did not even know Auschwitz was in Poland, not Germany.
I can't say I find this surprising. It is not just German youth that is ignorant of the past. It is American kids as well. I wager at least 90% in that 18-29 age group know that Barack Obama is the President of the United States. But, how many Americans, in that 18-29 age group, would know what party he belongs to? How many could even name the two major political parties in the USA? According to a report, in August of 2011, American youth 18-23 could recognize a photo of Abraham Lincoln. But, they could not explain why he was such an important president. A report in March of 2011 stated that 29% of Americans (regardless of age) could not name the Vice-President of the USA. Only 37% knew there were nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. So, what has happened? Is there a malaise about history in schools and the public in general? Or is it just poorly educated people? I suspect it is combination of both. What's that old saying? Those that don't know history are destined to repeat it? I hope for the sake of this entire world, that does not come true.