A new national Holocaust museum in Canberra, not far from Parliament House, is expected to start construction this year with the federal government pledging an extra $1.3 million to complete it, just as a new survey finds a quarter of Australians know little to nothing about the horrors of the Holocaust.
It is International Holocaust Remembrance Day which marks the liberation 77 years ago of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the largest of the World War II Nazi death camps, where more than a million people were killed.
“It is concerning right across the board if you think about the destruction of six million lives. Unprecedented in any modern history,” acting Education Minister Stuart Robert told The Canberra Times.
“In Melbourne, you have more Holocaust survivors, outside of Israel, than any other city on earth. So our connection is quite extraordinary in terms of what it is. And, of course, we have our connection militarily. So it is concerning.”