You'd think that the Holocaust would be a major part of every U.S. high school's World War II curriculum, but Holocaust education is mandatory in only five states: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Illinois, from grades 6 to 12.
To find out what college students know about the Holocaust, a Pennsylvania woman set out with a video camera and visited several campuses in her state. Rhonda Fink-Whitman, author of the book “94 Maidens,” which chronicles her mother’s experience in the Holocaust, expected Holocause knowledge to be limited, and unfortunately, she was right, with some of these students, even those from Ivy League school University of Pennsylvania, had no idea what she was talking about.
Whitman emphasizes in the opening credits that her social experiment was in no way an attempt to embarrass any of the participating students but rather a way to show the world how schools neglect certain topics in education that should always be recognized.
Whitman started her interview by simply asking “What is the holocaust?” One student thought the genocide involved African Americans rather than Jewish people. Here are some of the other answers she received:
“Uh, I’m on the spot now.”
“It was a, uh, I don’t know how to say it like. It was something that happened in. Oh my God, I know the answer but I don’t know how to explain it.”
“I have no idea.”
“I have no idea … is it Europe? I don’t think so.”
Whitman believes that Holocaust education needs to be mandatory. She tells the Blaze: “You can’t blame the kids; nobody’s teaching it to them. By the time they get to college, they should know a thing or two about the Holocaust and other genocides so when the plague of denial creeps onto their campus, they’re armed and ready with the truth.”
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