The Hill: By Douglas E. Schoen and Carly Cooperman, opinion contributors
Wednesday marked the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when a violent anti-Jewish pogrom broke out across Germany and parts of Austria. The attacks killed more than 91 Jews, destroyed over 7,000 Jewish businesses and 260 synagogues, and resulted in 30,000 Jews being sent to Nazi concentration camps.
History remembers Kristallnacht as a prelude to the Holocaust, the systematic murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Communities around the world commemorate this night, and the horrific genocide that followed, in an effort to uphold the core pillars of the Holocaust: “Never forget” and “never again.”
Concerningly though, the findings of a recent survey among adults in the United Kingdom reveal the difficulty with ensuring that these pillars are upheld for generations to come.
The survey, which was conducted by our firm and commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, shows a concerning lack of awareness of key historical Holocaust facts among U.K. adults.