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Holocaust Is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds

Note: For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement. Well, at least the Armenians and the Palestinians are Not about to forget, even the original Indians of the USA occasionally find it appropriate to remind the extremist Evangelical parties of their systematic genocide, the incremental type of genocide.

survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened — and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennial, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.

31% of Americans, and 41 percent of millennial, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust. (The number extended by the Zionists and their allies want you to accept six million, no more, no less).

41% of Americans, and 66 percent of millennial, cannot say what Auschwitz was (or where this concentration camp was located. Actually it is in Poland).

And 52 percent of Americans wrongly think Hitler came to power through force. (Actually, strongly supported by the multinationals of the period, from around the world, and Stalin who gave the green light for the extermination of the German communists) 

“As we get farther away from the actual events, 70-plus years now, it becomes less forefront of what people are talking about or thinking about or discussing or learning,” said Matthew Bronfman, a board member of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which commissioned the study.

“If we wait another generation before you start trying to take remedial action, I think we’re really going to be behind the eight ball.”

Photographs of prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.CreditJames Hill for The New York Times

Despite the gaps in the respondents’ knowledge, the study found an overwhelming consensus — 93 percent — that all students should learn about the Holocaust at school.

And Holocaust denial remains very rare in the United States, with 96 percent of respondents saying they believe the genocide happened. (Sure it happened, and million more of many ethnic minorities in eastern Europe)

“The issue is not that people deny the Holocaust; the issue is just that it’s receding from memory,” said Greg Schneider, the executive vice president of the Claims Conference, which negotiates restitution for Holocaust victims and their heirs. “People may not know the details themselves, but they still think it’s important. That is very heartening.”

The survey, conducted by Schoen Consulting from Feb. 23-27, involved 1,350 American adults interviewed by phone or online, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Millennials were 31 percent of the sample, and the results for that group have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points.

The questions were developed by a committee that included officials from the Claims Conference, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem, as well as a Holocaust survivor and a polling expert from George Washington University.

(In a strange footnote, the head of Schoen Consulting, Doug Schoen, is in the news this week for arranging for President Trump to give a speech during a (2015?) event in Ukraine.)

Worldwide, the estimated number of living Holocaust survivors has fallen to 400,000, according to the Claims Conference, many of them in their 80s and 90s. And Holocaust remembrance advocates and educators, who agree that no book, film or traditional exhibition can compare to the voice of a survivor, dread the day when none are left to tell their stories.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington collects comment cards from many visitors before they leave, and they underscore that “no educational experience that anyone has coming through here has as much of an impact as hearing from a survivor directly,” said Kristine Donly, interim director of the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the museum, who sat on the board that developed the survey.

And so, across the country and around the world, museums and memorials are looking for ways to tell the witnesses’ stories once the witnesses are gone.

At the site of the Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation has been developing an interactive memorial plaza, scheduled to open in October. Visitors will use a new app that will, among other things, feature survivors’ recorded testimonies.

In one part of the plaza, train tracks that carried prisoners to the Treblinka death camp will be embedded in the pavement. When visitors step onto the tracks, the app, using geocaching technology, will pull up videos of Philadelphia residents “who were on those very trains that led to Treblinka,” said Eszter Kutas, the remembrance foundation’s acting director.

And at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, near Chicago, visitors can speak with one of seven holograms of survivors — a project also tested at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Drawing on recorded testimony, the holograms can answer questions in real time.

Visitors to the Illinois museum’s Take a Stand Center first watch a five-minute film in which a survivor introduces him- or herself. In one, Fritzie Fritzshall describes being taken to a ghetto at gunpoint during Passover, and from there to Auschwitz.

“I have so much more to tell you,” she says. “So please ask me questions.”

Then the hologram appears, “so real that our audience typically gasps when they see it,” said Susan L. Abrams, the museum’s chief executive.

“It really was as effective as hearing from a live survivor, and that surprised us,” Ms. Abrams said. “When you sit in this theater and the lights dim, everything else melts away. Our visitors truly believe that they are having this conversation with a survivor. I don’t think even we realized just how powerful it would be.”

Note 1: This Friday of May 10, Israeli snipers injured 800 Palestinians marching “To return Home”. Every Friday since the pronouncement of Trump that Jerusalem is Capital of Israel, Israel army and snipers kill and injure with live bullets Palestinian demonstrators. The latest count: 9,000 Palestinians injured and 50 killed. A million march is being prepared on Monday and Tuesday as USA is getting ready to “officially” and symbolically move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Note 2: Two third of the over 1 million Palestinians in Gaza, the vast concentration camp, are transferred people from various parts of Palestine since 1948.

Comments and Notes posted on FB and Twitter in Arabic/Lebanese slang. Part 3

Note: These are notes and comments in Lebanese dialect written in Latin characters and with numbers (2,3, 5, 7,8) representing vocals and consonants Not available in Latin or Saxon languages.

Waa7ed F16? Israel 3enda kteer minha. Laken khassar sourataha. Tactics of  edrob wa ohrob 3ind al Israili wa Saudi Kingdom ma zababet hal marra. Soura okhziyat ma btet3awad

Question: Hal hounaak wakfat 3ez khaarej saa7at midan al 7arb? Tab3an fi: woukouf dod al zolm, fi asghar al oumour

Lazem raa3i al nass, bi doun estesnaa2? Wa ana, ma 7ada msharda2 ye raa3i khawatri?

Sa7. Sami Gemmayel 3aamel shoghol mou3ared jayyed, ma3 kteer akazeeb. Ken afdal ye koun fi competition 7ata al mou3aradat tkoun ajwad

Iza ta7aloufaat kabel intikhabaat antajat ta7aloufaat moughaayirat ba3d al intikhabaat, nakoun fi tareek al taghyeer

Paula Ya3koubyan tatarasha7 fi Beirut One (Ashrafiyyeh), ma3 takkatol 7erak madani Kelna Loubnan. Shi moushajje3. Wa naja7at bi khark listat kawiyyat

Iza Hezbollah khalla Nabih yi sool wa ye jool, ra7 Hezbollah yet2aza daakhiliyyan

Ketlet Al Tayyar (29 deputies) moush baydat, houweh al mizaan al taabesh. Kotlet al Tayyar= Hezbollah +Amal.  Tayyar= Moustakbal + Jumblat. Tayyar= Lebanese Forces + Kataeb +Frangiyeh + Moustakeleen +

Enta moush bil faree2 tat wajjeh te3limatak. Haydeh we7de min kawaninak al 3ashwaeyyeh.

baddo youda3 al shourout wa al kawaneen 3ala zaw2o, bil awkaat betnasbo, wa biyekser al awaneen 3ala zaw2o.

Ma fhemt shi min khitab Ali Hassan Khalil: plain generalities wa dayaa3

Intissar 7assem la Souriya fi Vienna: manassat Moscow to3dem wasikat Washington al khourafiyat bi intidaab UN 3ala sha3b al Souri.

Tonight 3ala Mayadeen 9:30 pm, documentary on 7ezeb Souri kawmi ejtima3i fi al 7arb bi Souriya

Charbel Khalil, fi 7alkat “Kade7 wa Jam” 3ala Jaddeed, awsala eshme2zaaz al mouwaten fi Beit-Chabab 3ala ehmal al baladiyyat: jame3 zbalat wa kabba fi al tabi3at, wa tantahi al zbaleh fi majra Nahr al Kalb




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