“When we forget our history, we are bound to repeat it.” That’s a familiar adage that keeps repeating itself because it’s true.
Starting April 19, 2018, the nation of Israel is celebrating its 70th anniversary since becoming an independent state. It’s the miraculous return of Jews to their homeland after 2,000 years.
Yet despite this worldwide celebration and acknowledgement by world leaders, a new survey proves just how fickle societal memories can be despite best attempts to remember the past, especially the Holocaust, which brought many survivors to Israel following World War II. The Holocaust was a prime catalyst for Jews to once again return to their biblical homeland.
Julius Berman, president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), has released a national survey of Holocaust awareness and knowledge among adults in the United States.