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Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 non-Jewish Poles, 23,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 400 Jehovah's Witnesses, tens of thousands of others of diverse nationalities, and an unknown number of gay men. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died because of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments."
Countering this is urgent and important, especially given the rise in division and hatred around the world, writes Melissa Derby in The Spinoff.
Sadly, no. It mirrors trends from overseas – in Hitler’s birthplace, Austria, for example, a startling 12% of youth have never even heard of the Holocaust.
But responses to the New Zealand poll paint a grim picture of our awareness of one of the world’s most seismic – and relatively recent – historical events.
The results indicate the urgent need for Holocaust education, both globally, and at a local level. In New Zealand, anecdotal evidence suggests there is a tendency for teachers to shy away from discussing the Holocaust in schools.
However, there are some initiatives intent on raising awareness of the Holocaust. The “Just One Hour” campaign, supported by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, encourages teachers to devote one hour to covering some of the basic facts of the Holocaust.
Visit the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
(The "One hour" campaign could perhaps benefit from the production of one or more videos made available for all secondary schools. Depending on individual teachers' awareness, objectivity and empathy may not result in the desired outcomes. The inclusion of Anna Frank's diary (see below) would also help young people to relate to what happened in the holocaust. --ACW)
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Wikipedia. "In July 1942, the Franks went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne's father, Otto Frank, worked. From then until the family's arrest by the Gestapo in August 1944, she kept a diary she had received as a birthday present, and wrote in it regularly.
Following their arrest, the Franks were transported to concentration camps. In October or November 1944, Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died..."
* See "Concerning results in NZ Holocaust Awareness Poll" for full details of the poll conducted by David Farrar's Curia Market Research.