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“What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…”
October 17, 2013 By Elizabeth Scalia



No rant here, just clear demonstration of our terrifying ignorance and disconnection from our recent past:

Questioner: What was the Holocaust?
American College Student: Um…I’m on the spot.

Questioner: Which country was Adolf Hitler the leader of?
American College Student: I think it’s Amsterdam?

Questioner: What was Auschwitz?
American College Student: I don’t know.

Questioner: What were the Nuremburg Trials?
American College Student: I don’t know.

Questioner: How many Jews were killed?
American College Student: Hundreds of thousands.

Q: What other groups were targeted besides Jewish people?
ACS: The African Americans? Here in the United States they used to discriminate because of skin color…

Q: Where is Normandy?
ACS: It’s over near like England and Germany and all that jazz. It’s not a peninsula, but…

Q: Where is Normandy?
ACS: It’s over by Germany. At least compared to the United States, it’s over by Germany.

Q: Who was Winston Churchill?
ACS: “He was a general, right?”

Q: What is genocide?
ACS: I don’t know.

Q: Is genocide taking place anywhere, today?
ACS: Not that I’m aware.

This is depressing on so many levels. If they are not obliged to by law, our public schools do not teach about the Holocaust, or World War II? I’d love to know if they are aware of the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift? Pearl Harbor? This is pretty recent history!

Watch it to the end. The woman makes her point, very well, and with no acrimony.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V4bmm6yJMw" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V4bmm6yJMw</a>



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Re: “What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…” - The Anchoress
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2013, 08:50:57 AM »
Yep, a pretty good reflection of modern public education.
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Re: “What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…” - The Anchoress
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2013, 09:24:41 AM »
All by design. The ignorant are easily misled

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Re: “What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…” - The Anchoress
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2013, 09:37:56 AM »
All by design. The ignorant are easily misled

Word.

Give you a concrete example. The History Channel. Used to be brilliant, right? Thought provoking shows, well explained by experts in that actual field. If you never watched it, you can substitute the National Geographic channel. Now - aliens, Hitler and other pathetic pseudo clap-trap.

You can't have a populace that is interested in what is going on and what has gone before. Lord forbid they remember history so they don't repeat it! Sooth them with bad reality shows, Z list "celebrity" and a smug feeling of superiority. That is just entertainment. Education is worse.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013, 09:55:22 AM »
Word.

Give you a concrete example. The History Channel. Used to be brilliant, right? Thought provoking shows, well explained by experts in that actual field. If you never watched it, you can substitute the National Geographic channel. Now - aliens, Hitler and other pathetic pseudo clap-trap.

You can't have a populace that is interested in what is going on and what has gone before. Lord forbid they remember history so they don't repeat it! Sooth them with bad reality shows, Z list "celebrity" and a smug feeling of superiority. That is just entertainment. Education is worse.

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Re: “What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…” - The Anchoress
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2013, 12:04:58 PM »
Worse, the History Channel has more (so-called) reality shows than actual documentaries anymore. It's like they forgot the name of their network!
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2013, 12:10:15 PM »
All the same now.

A history channel that doesn't show history.
National Geographic programs that repeat the same idea ever 6 seconds for the goldfish brained.
Anthromorphic Animal Planet shows. David Attenboro must be pissed.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2013, 04:02:44 PM »
Worse, the History Channel has more (so-called) reality shows than actual documentaries anymore. It's like they forgot the name of their network!

They did have a good program on this weekend about Hitler and his (mis)information machine.
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2013, 05:52:37 PM »
Worse, the History Channel has more (so-called) reality shows than actual documentaries anymore. It's like they forgot the name of their network!

Used to be about history.

Now, I think, it's about Pawn shops...........
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 09:41:54 PM »
Mr. M and I will watch just about any documentary on the Civil War, WWI or WWII we can find on the History Channel or anywhere else. Programs about pawn shops, Sasquatch hunters, truckers, people who buy junk from storage units or cake decorators just have no appeal.
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Re: “What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…” - The Anchoress
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2013, 10:17:33 PM »
What can we expect from a public education system that is now run by people who seem to be intent on indoctrinating their charges that Western Civilization, as created by white Christians, is the most evil philosophy ever introduced upon the humans of the Earth?

Do you actually expect them to _teach_ history from the viewpoint of The West?

What did George Santayana say?

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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2013, 10:42:50 PM »
Mr. M and I will watch just about any documentary on the Civil War, WWI or WWII we can find on the History Channel or anywhere else. Programs about pawn shops, Sasquatch hunters, truckers, people who buy junk from storage units or cake decorators just have no appeal.

I used to watch a show called The Real West, hosted by Kenny Rogers, that I really liked.

Yes, there used to be multiple shows that were actual history and quite interesting.

And even though I'm fascinated by Big Foot,  I'm not really interested in watching people who think they saw him, but didn't actually see him...   ^-^
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 10:55:39 PM »
The Bastardized History Channel will occasionally run something about history.  99% of the rest is crap.  I do like Pawn Stars, because it makes me laugh, and Ice Road Truckers.  Actually met one of the drivers from the show when he was in town.  A very nice, good Christian man who never avoids his faith on the show.

Anyway, H2 (History Channel 2) still shows more history.

There is a reason why it used to be called the "Hitler Channel" because so much was about WWII.
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2013, 11:04:53 PM »
I used to watch a show called The Real West, hosted by Kenny Rogers, that I really liked.

Yes, there used to be multiple shows that were actual history and quite interesting.

And even though I'm fascinated by Big Foot,  I'm not really interested in watching people who think they saw him, but didn't actually see him...   ^-^

I used to watch The Real West every morning on History
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2013, 11:05:48 PM »
The Bastardized History Channel will occasionally run something about history.  99% of the rest is crap.  I do like Pawn Stars, because it makes me laugh, and Ice Road Truckers.  Actually met one of the drivers from the show when he was in town.  A very nice, good Christian man who never avoids his faith on the show.

Anyway, H2 (History Channel 2) still shows more history.

There is a reason why it used to be called the "Hitler Channel" because so much was about WWII.

I love Ice Road Truckers... talk about being brave.. they earn every cent they make on those runs.
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