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(Photos) BBC poll: Nearly half of Britons never heard of Auschwitz
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Posted on 12/02/2004 4:39:21 PM PST by zyaakov

BBC poll: Nearly half of Britons never heard of Auschwitz
By Reuters
 

LONDON - Nearly half of Britons in a poll said they had never heard of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in southern Poland that became a symbol of the Holocaust and the attempted genocide of the Jews.

The results of the survey conducted by the BBC were released Thursday, as Britain's public broadcaster announced it will show a new series next January to mark the 60th anniversary of the concentration camp's liberation.



"We were amazed by the results of our audience research," said Laurence Rees, a producer on the series, "Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution."

"It's easy to presume that the horrors of Auschwitz are engrained in the nation's collective memory, but obviously this is not the case," Rees said.

The survey found that 45 percent of those surveyed had not heard of Auschwitz. Historians estimate that anywhere from one million to three million people, about 90 percent of them Jews, were killed there.

Among women and people younger than 35, 60 percent had never heard of Auschwitz, despite the recent popularity of films such as "Schindler's List," "Life is Beautiful" and "The Pianist," which depict the atrocities of the Holocaust.

"The name Auschwitz is quite rightly a byword for horror, but the problem with thinking about horror is that we naturally turn away from it," Rees said.

The BBC said the research was based on a nationally representative postal survey of 4,000 adults 16 and older.

The broadcaster is marking Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, with a variety of television and radio programs.

The Auschwitz series for BBC2 is based on nearly 100 interviews with survivors and perpetrators and is the result of three years of research with the assistance of professors Ian Kershaw and David Cesarani.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: auschwitz

1 posted on 12/02/2004 4:39:25 PM PST by zyaakov
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To: zyaakov
They shouldn't feel too bad. After all our Democratic presidential nominee thought Treblinka was a KGB headquarters.
2 posted on 12/02/2004 4:41:18 PM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: zyaakov

I used to respect the British. Then they put on that spectacle when Lady Ho died and I lost all respect for them. And Monty was a weak commander!


3 posted on 12/02/2004 4:41:44 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: zyaakov

OMG.






:(


5 posted on 12/02/2004 4:44:29 PM PST by JesseJane ("If the enemy is in range, so are you." -Infantry Journal)
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To: zyaakov

My first thought was that's pretty appalling. Then I got to thinking, would Americans fair any better? We've got our share of dim bulbs, too, unfortunately.


6 posted on 12/02/2004 4:45:04 PM PST by FauxBlonde
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To: mlbford2
You're just kidding, right?

sKerry thought Treblinka was KGB?

7 posted on 12/02/2004 4:45:08 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

It was during the debate. I think he meant red-squre in Moscow.


8 posted on 12/02/2004 4:47:20 PM PST by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: pbrown

Debate #3, or was it #2.


9 posted on 12/02/2004 4:48:19 PM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: zyaakov

ANNOUNCER: We asked Mrs. Nesbit of 106 Kleepshorpe on Spittleshire whether or not she had heard of "Auschwitz".

MRS. NESBIT: Aushbitch? Why, that's something that cows get after they've had unprotected sex, isn't it? It's amazing what you can learn just from watchin' the telly!
10 posted on 12/02/2004 4:48:30 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: pbrown
sKerry thought Treblinka was KGB?

Yeah he did! He confused Treblinka with Lubyanka in the debates.

11 posted on 12/02/2004 4:49:23 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: zyaakov

I wonder which half. Seriously.


13 posted on 12/02/2004 4:53:07 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: zyaakov
Having lived in England for two years in the mid-50s I find this hard to believe. But then again, at that time, they didn't have any hamburger stands, super markets, or drive-in theaters, and the only thing you could get on TV was BBC. The British Pound was equal to $3.60. And you could buy a British made Ford for $1500.

Both US and British moral values have gone to pot since that time. Frankly I'd rather have 1950s moral values and economic standards back.

14 posted on 12/02/2004 4:53:28 PM PST by Luke
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To: pbrown
It's here.

"He also misspoke when he referred to looking at KGB records in Treblinka Square in a visit to Russia. Treblinka was a Nazi death camp. He meant Lubyanka Square."
16 posted on 12/02/2004 4:56:27 PM PST by clyde asbury (Right? Right.)
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To: zyaakov

already posted


17 posted on 12/02/2004 4:56:31 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: zyaakov

Doesn't surprise me in the least. Half of America is ignorant of the mass graves in Iraq.


18 posted on 12/02/2004 4:56:36 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: zyaakov
I am shocked. I really am. Everyone and especially the Brits should know about Auschwitz, Treblinka, etc.
It should Never be forgotten.
19 posted on 12/02/2004 4:56:36 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: zyaakov
It seems the Brits are about as good at world history as we Americans. I doubt we would fare much better.

Now, if you were talking about "Watergate" or "Iran/Contra"...

21 posted on 12/02/2004 5:03:25 PM PST by Gritty ("Man without God is a beast" - Whittaker Chambers)
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To: zyaakov
Ask this same group what Operation Downfall, Operation Olympic, and Operation Coronet were and the results would be even worse. Of course if they knew what these were and what the estimated Japanese and Allied causualties were expected to be we wouldn't hear from the cry babies about Hiroshima and Nagazaki. Well the leftists(Commies) would still cry.
22 posted on 12/02/2004 5:05:40 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: paudio

Heavens to betsy, I hope that's what he meant.


23 posted on 12/02/2004 5:15:19 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: ZellsBells
Say, didn't Kerry discover his Jewish roots not too long ago?

If he was speaking to a Jewish group, I'm certain he did.
24 posted on 12/02/2004 5:17:02 PM PST by clyde asbury (Right? Right.)
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To: clyde asbury

I tried your link. I have dial-up and it took forever and I still didn't get it so I bookmarked it for later. Thanks.


25 posted on 12/02/2004 5:22:34 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: zyaakov

How can 26 million people be so DUMB?

Gotta love those genius Brits who hate up for voting for W.

http://www.plasticbag.org/images/extra/dailymirror.jpg


26 posted on 12/02/2004 5:23:24 PM PST by feralcat
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To: mlbford2
I couldn't watch the debates. I was too emotional over how Bush would do.

I watched a couple of minutes of the first one and when he started sputtering, I turned the channel. I came here for a blow by blow of debates #2&3.

27 posted on 12/02/2004 5:26:02 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: zyaakov

So what? My great-grandfather was executed in the KZ Neuengamme. Probably nobody in this forum heard about this concentration camp.


28 posted on 12/02/2004 5:34:16 PM PST by Kurt_D
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To: zyaakov
That is disappointing to hear. The genocide by the Nazi's was too real for anyone to be unaware of.
I'm from Mississippi, I have a "good ole boy" friend that exactly fits the stereotype of "country". He is a stoic, god fearing, family oriented, outdoorsman who would be called uncouth by alot of you. I walked in on him watching "Schiendler's List" and crying like a child. He could not believe that the events of the movie were actually true. Some events in history have been hidden because they were just too horrible to contemplate. I fear that the events in the Sudan draw a similar parallel with Jews in Europe during the Holocaust. The media is great about tallying the body count in Iraq, but who is monitoring the genocide in the Sudan?
29 posted on 12/02/2004 5:40:29 PM PST by Pointblank
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To: zyaakov
Aren't these the people that called Americans stupid for reelecting Bush?
30 posted on 12/02/2004 6:04:24 PM PST by Pacothecat
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To: Kurt_D
"Probably nobody in this forum heard about this concentration camp."

Concentration camp Neuengamme is shown on the 1942 map of concentration camps in World War II Almanac 1931-1945 by Robert Goralski, page 202.

It was west of Ravensbreuck.

Sorry about your great-grandfather.

31 posted on 12/02/2004 6:06:39 PM PST by gatex
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To: pbrown
The printer friendly version will load faster.
32 posted on 12/02/2004 6:44:36 PM PST by clyde asbury (Right? Right.)
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To: ZellsBells
Treblinka, as I'm sure you know, is quite lovely in the fall.

Well, I'm strictly a North American bird so far. Have you visited Treblinka?
33 posted on 12/02/2004 6:53:47 PM PST by clyde asbury (Right? Right.)
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