25% of Brit Kids Don't Know Auschwitz From Beer Brand
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 2:47 PM CDT
SS officers socializing on the grounds of the SS retreat, Solahutte outside of Auschwitz, Poland, in 1944.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A quarter of British schoolchildren aged 11-16 don’t understand the purpose of the Nazis’ Polish concentration camp Auschwitz, the Telegraph reports. 10% of kids surveyed were unsure of what Auschwitz was, while 8% think it was a country on Germany’s border, 2% each think it is a beer or a religious festival, and 1% think it’s a type of bread.

Just a third of the youngsters surveyed understand that the Holocaust claimed 6 million Jewish lives; 60% don’t know what the Final Solution was, and 20% think it refers to peace talks that ended World War II. While 97% could identify Adolf Hitler from a photograph, those who couldn’t mistook pictures of Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein for the German dictator.

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Mar 10, 2009 8:04 PM CDT
If you ask kids leading questions (see the Peace Talks question) then you get stupid answers. Sweet, though...now I don't feel so bad about the fact that 64% of high schoolers in the USA can't find Iraq on a map! Suck it, limeys!
Mar 10, 2009 3:19 AM CDT
Maybe civilization, philosophy and thought have not made as much progress in humanity as we thought.
Mar 9, 2009 4:43 AM CDT
That, with all the current hysteria over European socialism, right wingers should take comfort in the fact that, whatever the form of government, ignorance is always an option.