April 12, 2018

Oh

Some years ago I was taking a class on historical methods. This involved learning proper citation and research techniques for HISTORY MAJORS. This was a 300 level course. Everyone in it was at least interested in HISTORY. 


The course was taught around the Holocaust, on the third day of class (my first day) a young lady tapped me on the shoulder and quietly asked a word that the instructor kept repeating in his lecture, but had given no explanation for, as if it was somehow supposed to be common knowledge...

"What's  an Auschwitz?"

"A NAZI concentration camp. One of the big ones."

"A what?'

"..."

The scariest thing about this is that in the course of the class it became clear that his young woman was not actually stupid. She was quite bright. She just didn't know.

People don't believe me when I tell them this.

However, via Instapundit, come indications that she was not a fluke....

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. -- 22 percent -- haven'theard of, or aren't sure if they've heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday,
...
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Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was

In other news, I note what is surely an unrelated trend.

And that taps out my bitter sarcasm reserves so I have no words left for the revelation  that Winston Churchill is widely thought to be a fictional character


This 2D lass sums up my thoughts on the matter though...




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