LTRJ Note: During this week, Holocaust Remembrance week, we sadly learned about a study conducted showing that Americans are increasingly becoming more and more ignorant of the reality of the Holocaust, especially among the younger generations. As the article below points out, it won’t be too long before there are no more first-hand witnesses who remember what happened during the Hitler regime and Hitler’s efforts with his “final solution” to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Our own two Holocaust-survivor authors—Anita Dittman and Diet Eman—are now in their 90s. Anita was a Jewish Christian and a young girl in Germany when Hitler came into power in her childhood country. She spent her teenage years under Hitler’s persecution. Anita survived the Holocaust as did Diet Eman (who was a Christian resistance worker in her twenties in Holland during the war). While Anita and Diet have done everything they can to tell their stories these past several decades, they won’t always be here.
Shockingly, as the article below reports, the public schools in most states (all but nine) in America are no longer mandated to teach students about the Holocaust.
A fifth of millennials aren’t sure if they’ve ever heard of the Holocaust.
By Courtney McGee
In 1945, Sonia Klein walked out of Auschwitz. Every day of the 73 years since she has been haunted by the memory of what happened there, and the fate of the millions who never made it out of the Nazi death camps.
But Klein wonders, once she and the few survivors still alive are gone, who will be left to remember?
“We are not here forever,” said Klein, now 92. “Most of us are up in years, and if we’re not going to tell what happened, who will?”
Klein’s worries are borne out by a comprehensive study of Holocaust awareness released Thursday, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which suggests that Americans are doing just the opposite. Click here to continue reading.