African Refugees 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Most teenagers feel that the lessons of the Holocaust require Israel to offer
assistance to refugees, according to a survey released on Monday.
poll, conducted on behalf of Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, showed
about 67 percent of the 1,000 respondents, aged 15 to 18, believe the Jewish
state should help foreigners fleeing persecution in their countries. In
addition, about a quarter of young Israelis said the murder of 6 million Jews by
the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II was proof that “the world
is against us.”
Aya Ben-Naftali, the director- general of Massuah, spoke
about the importance of using personal accounts from survivors to educate
students about the Holocaust.
“As the generation of Holocaust survivors
is passing away, more youth feel that meeting a survivor personally is a primary
source of education on the Holocaust,” she said. “The poll shows living
testimony of the survivors is perceived as the next-closest thing to ‘being
there.’ A survivor’s personal story allows youth in the 21st century, 60 years
after the war ended, to understand the complicated issues and responsive
patterns of Jews during the Holocaust.”
The poll was carried out ahead of
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will be marked on Thursday.
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