Jews vow 'Never Again' but too many ignorant of why

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Buchenwald (b&w photo)The American public needs to learn its history, says an Israeli activist-author, if one of the most horrific episodes in history remains a mystery to so many.

Jewish survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkernau death camp walked through its gates January 27 to mark 75 years since they were liberated from their Nazi captors by advancing Red Army troops.

At that Polish camp, the largest one built and operated by the Germans, an estimated 1.1 million Jews were executed from 1940 to 1950.

With the Soviets advancing, thousands died during a forced march that left only about 7,000 of the sick and dying behind when the Soviets opened the gates, where the slogan “work makes you free” hung over the front entrance. 

Auschwitz concentration camp (modern photo)Seventy-five years later, the Jews have their own slogan -- “Never Again” – after an estimated 6 million were killed during the Holocaust.

Yet a 2018 survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found 22 percent of U.S. millennials said they never heard of the Holocaust, and 11 percent of the adults surveyed – more than one out of ten – said they didn’t know about the Holocaust. 

David Rubin, an author and former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh, blames the U.S. public education system. It needs to be “totally revamped,” he says, if the horrors of the Holocaust are unknown by millions of students.

There is something else missing, too, he says.

“One of the main things that the United States can learn from Israel is to put God back into the classroom,” he insists. “Israel has public schools in which God is in the classroom. Religion is taught, and moral values are taught, as they once were in the public schools in the United States.”

Auschwitz R/R tracksApproximately 200 Auschwitz survivors were among those who attended the ceremony this week, which took place at the train tracks that transported Jews to their deaths, The Associated Press reported.

One survivor said the murdering of Jews began with banning them from sitting on park benches in Berlin and evolved into ghettos and later death camps.

“Do not be silent!” Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, told the gathering. “Do not be complacent! Do not let this ever happen again — to any people!”

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