Ignorance About History Causes the Continuous Denial of the Holocaust

Courtesy of history.com

Lily Ives, Features Editor

History is something that we all think of as immovable fact.

There isn’t anything we can do to change it. Certain things will always loom over as the facts of the past and that’s they’re just things we have to live with. This is how the majority of people think, however, there is a small number of people who spend their days denying facts and ignoring history. One such group of these people are holocaust deniers.

Holocaust remeberance day was just this past month on the Jan. 27 and it acts as a day to remember the people who died and the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. It is used as a means of looking back at the past and looking forward to the future. 

There is a substantial amount of people who don’t believe that the Holocaust happened or that history has made it seem more extreme. Now, me and you both know that this isn’t true. The Holocaust happened and it was as horrible as we’ve read it to be. 

Much of these deniers opinions are found to be tinged with antisemitic belief. These are the same kind of people who would believe in the age old conspiracy theory that there is a secret society of Jewish people running everything. This is quite obviously absurd, but held as true by some people. 

This kind of belief system is harmful for a number of reasons. For example, not believing that history is true without substantial evidence leads to a sense of disbelief and distrust in the history that we are taught and this is a problem. History is such an incredibly important thing to our lives. We use it to understand each other and to learn from the mistakes of the past. It allows us to keep advancing as a society and to keep improving as a society and if we abandon it, then we run the risk of making the same mistakes over again. That’s one of the big concerns when it comes to these sorts of ideas. 

Basically, people should be taught the facts, but they should also be taught to believe these facts. People shouldn’t just blindly believe what they are told and people should definitely question or challenge the information that they receive. However, there is a line between ignoring fact and being critical and that’s the line that we all must skate.