January 26, 2012 – Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day throughout Europe, which commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945.
Apparently Americans aren’t the world’s only ignorant souls, as portrayed by Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” segment where he asks questions like who was the first president of the United States and people on the street either don’t know or say something ridiculous like George Jetson.
According to a poll released yesterday, one in five Germans has no idea that Auschwitz was a Nazi death camp. And nearly one-third of the people polled were unaware that it was located in Poland.
Sure there are folks out there that fully deny these events occurred, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary, but that only gives the situation more publicity. Doesn’t it seem impossible that people could be unaware of an event of this magnitude, especially since happened in their backyard less than 100 years ago?