Citizens of Israel today are commemorating the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust more than 70 years ago.
The sound of a siren in Israel on Thursday morning reminded citizens throughout the land that it is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – a national memorial day that was first observed in 1949, one year after Israel became a nation. It is a time to commemorate and to remember the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany.
When the siren sounds, vehicles on the roads come to a standstill. Citizens take a moment to not only honor those who died, but those who survived. Survivors have told their stories of what happened at the hands of the Nazis during WWII. It's a legacy, so that "no one will forget" the brutal attempt by Adolf Hitler to annihilate the Jewish people.
But he did not succeed. Jews throughout the world join Israeli citizens who will soon be celebrating 70 years of Independence – a time of remembering Israel's birth as a modern nation in 1948. It is now home to more than six million Jews, the travel destination of a record 3.6 million tourists in 2017, and among the most technologically advanced economies in the world.
Holocaust? What's that?
Here's some startling news on this Holocaust Remembrance Day: according to a recent survey, Millennials are shockingly ignorant of the World War II genocide that cost six million Jews their lives. The survey, conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, finds two-thirds of Millennials don't know what Auschwitz was – and 22 percent of them have never heard of the Holocaust.
Baby Boomer Gary Bauer of American Values points to the classroom as one reason for the lack of education.
"Millennials and children generally in American schools – and unfortunately, also in many European schools – are being taught history, but it's historic revisionism," he laments. "In many cases, the things that really matter the most historically are just being erased from memory."
Bauer feels the same way about young Americans and the founding of their own nation. "They're clueless about who our Founders were [and] what they believed in," he adds.
American history aside, Bauer blames the lack of information on the Holocaust for the revival of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Europe.
"There has been just in recent months in France a series of murders and assaults on people solely [and] simply because they were French Jews; and here in the United States, we see a growing anti-Semitism on the university campuses" he explains. "Ironically, at the same time, we see people on the far left labeling normal conservatism as being Nazism and Fascism."
OneNewsNow has reported on several American campuses where anti-Semitism has occurred – e.g., San Francisco State University, University of Minnesota, Portland Community College, University of Wisconsin, and several others.