organization issues a study showing 63% of the population of a
U.S. city could not recognize that "Auschwitz" was a
on the heels of the December 2, 2004 British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) televised poll which revealed that nearly half of Britons
had never heard of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, a
Jewish organization in Florida has released a study demonstrating
63% of a typical United States city could not identify the infamous
BBC study immediately set off a frenzy of discussion in the international
Jewish community and in response, the International Society for
Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) conducted a survey in the form of a
random sampling of the population of Orlando, Florida, where the
ISFSP is based, between December 5 - 26, 2004. "We were stunned
to learn the BBC study revealed 45% of people questioned had never
heard of Auschwitz. The Orlando findings, 63%, are even more discouraging,"
stated Mr. Shelomo Alfassa, Executive Director of the ISFSP.
recently released study is entitled "Identification of the
Term 'Auschwitz' a Random Sampling Conducted in a U.S. City."
To obtain an accuracy level of ±3.39% with a confidence
level of 95%, a total of 840 people had to be interviewed. The
final results showed that of the people questioned, only 36.6%
of Orlando's population could identify what Auschwitz was, demonstrating
63.3% could not. Only 39.7% of men and 34% of women in Orlando
could identify the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz where
over 1,000,000 Jews were systematically murdered by the Germans.
Other statistics show men were able to recognize Auschwitz 5.7%
more than women could. Further, it illustrated that women between
21-30 are the group which were least able to state they knew what
issuing this study, Mr. Alfassa declared:
education continues to be added to the curriculum of training
programs for young students across the United States, however,
as the years progress and as the survivors of the Holocaust
are passing, many Holocaust programs increasingly are in jeopardy.
Add to this the many revisionist Websites which exist on the
Internet, the primary place where school children turn for information,
and we surely will develop a generation which will be deficient
in knowledge of the Holocaust. We must continue to make strides
which will lend to making genocide and Holocaust education available
to children of all backgrounds.
final findings of the study which were issued December 29, 2004
have been formally submitted to the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington D.C. The study is available for the public
on the Internet at www.isfsp.org/study.html.
International Society for Sephardic Progress is a Jewish
agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants
of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the
Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although
a Sephardic organization, the ISFSP is a Jewish advocacy agency
first and foremost.