Schoen Consulting found that slightly more than one in five millennials have never heard of the Holocaust and have no idea that between 1938 and 1945 more than 6 million European Jews were murdered by Hilter’s “final solution.” Schoen Consulting conducted a comprehensive national study of Holocaust knowledge and awareness in the United States. Schoen conducted 1,350 interviews with American adults aged 18 and over between February 23 – 27, 2018. The margin of error is +/- 3%. Schoen founds that 11% of Americans as whole have never heard of the Holocaust.
Most of the baby boomers know of the Holocaust because their parents lived through World War II. While the Holocaust was covered up during the war, no one alive at the end of the war could have failed to not only know about it, but to know quite a lot about it. In the 40 years since the Holocaust a plethora of scholarly books, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, films and TV documentaries have given the world a cornucopia of knowledge about the Holocaust.
How could baby boomer parents and school teachers have failed to see that their children were taught the facts of the Holocaust? Well, 4 out of 5 do at least know about it. Jut how deep their knowledge may be is another thing.
It would seem that Holocaust knowledge is necessary for anyone alive today to understand the world he or she lives in. Not to know what did happen and what can happen is to not be a normally informed person. Personally, in my late teens and early twenties I went through a period of trying to read everything I could find on the Holocaust. Herman Wouk’s Winds of War and War and Remembrance held me hostage. I could hardly break away to eat and sleep. When I finish with Wouk I went to Hannah Arendt and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report On The Banality of Evil.
The story of the first half of the 20th Century is like that. It’s absolutely addictive and what a good and interesting addiction it is. Knowing it is awful, not knowing it is worse.
I feel sorry for those who have so far missed it. There’s still time. Start reading Millennials! You’ll have your eyes opened and you’ll come to see how ridiculous today’s college students and their yearning for “safe spaces” really is.
This poll is discouraging. I’d like to think people are naturally curious about the big important things in their history, lest that history repeat.
Mark Levin and Ronald Reagan’s speech on the Holocaust: