UK kids think Auschwitz is a type of beer, a festival or bread

March 9th, 2009 - 4:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 9 (ANI): If you thought that the Nazi extermination camp, Auschwitz, was one of the biggest scar on world history, then youll be surprised to know that many schoolchildren dont even know what it is and easily mistake it for a type of beer or a religious festival, says a new research.

About 1.3 million people perished in the death camp during the Second World War.

But a survey of over 1,000 secondary school pupils, aged 11-16, revealed that a quarter still did not know its purpose, reports the Scotsman.

Nearly 10 per cent were not sure what it was, while eight per cent thought that it was a country bordering Germany.

Two per cent of students surveyed thought that it was a beer and the same proportion said that it was a religious festival, while a further one per cent said that it was a type of bread.

Miramax and the London Jewish Cultural Centre, which commissioned the survey, said that, as there were about 4.5 million children aged 11 to 16 in the UK, the equivalent of 90,000 youngsters wrongly identified Auschwitz as a drink and 45,000 mistook it for bread.

The poll also found that six in ten youngsters did not know what the Final Solution was, and almost one fifth of students claimed that it was the peace talks held to end the war.

The survey also revealed that despite the Holocaust being specified on the secondary National Curriculum in England as a compulsory subject, only 37 per cent knew the Holocaust claimed the lives of six million Jews.

In fact, many of the students drastically underestimated the death toll.

Ninety-seven per cent of those questioned could identify Adolf Hitler from a photograph, and those who could not mistook famous figures like Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali and Albert Einstein for the German dictator. (ANI)

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