'Isn't Auschwitz the name of a beer?'

Survey of UK secondary school pupils reveals a quarter don't know purpose of the Nazi death camp.

March 9, 2009 16:51
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'Isn't Auschwitz the name of a beer?'

Auschwitz holocaust barracks 248.88 ap. (photo credit: AP)


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Auschwitz was the name of a type of beer or a religious festival, some British schoolchildren believe, according to the results of a survey published in London's Telegraph on Monday. A survey of more than 1,000 secondary school pupils ages 11-16 revealed that a quarter did not know the purpose of the Nazi death camp. Of those, some 10 percent were not sure what it was, 10% believed it was a country bordering Germany, 2% thought it was a beer, 2% said it was a religious festival and 1% believed it was a type of bread. Miramax and the London Jewish Cultural Centre, which commissioned the survey to mark the DVD release of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, said that the results could be translated into 90,000 11-to-16-year-olds in the UK identifying Auschwitz as a drink and 45,000 mistaking it for bread. The poll also found that six in 10 youngsters did not know what the Final Solution was, with a fifth claiming it was the name of peace talks held to end the war. Despite the Holocaust's place on the British secondary school National Curriculum, only just over a third knew the Nazis murdered six million Jews. Ninety-seven percent of those surveyed correctly identified Adolf Hitler from a photograph, but the others mistook famous figures such as Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali and Albert Einstein for him. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a story of a German boy's friendship with a Jewish child in a concentration camp.

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