Roger L. Simon

Qu'est-ce que c'est Auschwitz?

From an article in yesterday’s Financial Times (link only good with trial subscription):

One year ago on these pages, Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, warned of surging anti-Semitism in Europe, a phenomenon most thought had disappeared more than half a century ago. This week we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation; at the same time, a BBC study has found that nearly half those surveyed have never heard of Auschwitz, suggesting that the memory of the Holocaust remains unacceptably corralled in a Jewish ghetto.

I don’t know what percentage of the American public has heard of Auschwitz. Probably similar to Europe. But Auschwitz is not in Montana; it’s in Poland. And there’s never been anything quite like it in the history of the human race (except maybe Treblinka).

(HT: Catherine)