The people who have never heard of the Holocaust and Auschwitz

by Phil Schneider
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What is the key to the future of the United States of America? Is it a strong economy or a strong military? No. Those are, of course, critical. But they all are outgrowths of one thing – a strong education. And that is something which comes from two places – schools and the home. What aspect of education are the most important? Reading, writing, and understanding basic universal ethics that lead people to be upstanding law abiding citizens.

But that is not enough. It is also just as important that people have a clue of the history of the United States of America and the modern western world. If we don’t know what the challenges that the western world faced in the previous decades, and ideally, the previous century, we will be ill-prepared to face the inevitable challenges in the coming decades.

Every young child today, before finishing High School needs to know what the Cold War was. They need to know who John F. Kennedy and FDR were. They need to know why Harry S. Truman dropped 2 atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They need to know why there was a war in Vietnam and Korea, and why Richard Nixon was impeached. They need to know that in 1969, the United States landed on the moon, and that Elvis was not Russian, and that the Beatles were a music group. Yes, cultural history is also important because it impacts on our lives. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were both Presidents for eight years, and all of the children of the United States need to know this.

Way too many things have become politicized today and many people see historical aspects as if they are either good or bad. But in truth, what matters is not so much our opinions on historical phenomenon. What matters more is to have a basic clue about the world we live in. World War II and the Holocaust were seminal events in the modern history of the world. If we truly would like to live in a world where anti-semitism can be reduced, the first step is for more and more of the younger generation to have a clue.

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