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Hitler, the German football coach and other historical 'facts' according to our schoolchildren



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 8:15 AM on 06th November 2009



article-0-01A95B400000044D-820_233x423.jpg One in 20 children surveyed believed Adolf Hitler was a football coach, not the leader of the Nazi regime


Adolf Hitler was Germany's football team manager, according to youngsters aged nine to 15.

A study of 2,000 children which tested them on their knowledge of facts of both world wars found that 40 per cent of them did not know that Remembrance Day falls on November 11.

Twelve per cent said the symbol of the day is the golden arches of McDonald's, rather than the poppy.


Some of the more disturbing results were that one in six children believed Auschwitz was a World War Two theme park.


Only half knew D-Day was the invasion of Normandy - a quarter believing it was 'Dooms Day' and one quarter thought a nuclear bomb was dropped on Pearl Harbour which spurred America's involvement.

The study was conducted by war veterans' charity Erskine in the run-up to Remembrance Day.


Major Jim Panton, chief executive of Erskine, said: 'Some of the answers to this poll have shocked us and it has shown that Erskine, amongst others, has a part to play, not just in caring for veterans but in educating society as a whole.








'As we approach Remembrance Day it is hard to believe that 40 per cent of our children do not know when it is.


'There are also some positives to come out of this survey with the level of interest from children wishing to learn more at school about the World Wars.

'Schoolchildren are the future of the country and it is important that we help them to learn about our history.'


The survey questioned the children on their knowledge of key World War triggers, events, people and dates.


A quarter admitted they don't stop to think about the soldiers who sacrificed their lives but just over half do know where their local war memorial is located.







Twelve per cent of the 2000 students surveyed assumed the McDonald's golden arches - not the red poppy - symbolised Remembrance Day



Encouragingly though, it emerged that 70 per cent wish they are taught more about the World Wars at school.


One in 20 thought the Holocaust was the celebration at the end of the war and one in ten said the SS was Enid Blyton's Secret Seven, not Hitler's personal bodyguards.


And one in 12 said The Blitz was a massive clean-up operation in Europe after World War Two.


Each year, Erskine cares for over 1,350 veterans, many having served in World War Two and who are more than willing to share their firsthand experiences and memorable war stories with younger generations.


Following the survey Erskine will work in partnership with Their Past Your Future, a UK-wide educations project, to develop the charity's schools pack on the back of the survey results.


This will enable Erskine and Their Past Your Future to start educating young people online about the sacrifices made during World War Two.


Andrew Salmond, TPYF Scotland Project Manager for Museums Galleries Scotland said: 'This initiative offers a fantastic opportunity to inform young people about the experiences of war - both at home and abroad.


'Some, we know, will convey wartime loss and suffering, others will speak of daring and inspiration.


'However, all will be of great educational value, offering an insight to what previous generations have endured in times of conflict.'

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And it's not just primary schools...this is kids aged 9 to 15 It is shocking!


Of course Hitler was not Germany's football manager! He was the star striker for the team, everyone knows that!

yeah and Colombus was the goalkeeper :dozey:


really once our literature teacher asked about Colombus few people were able to answer and of those (3 of a class of 30) only one was right, on the final year of high school, (year before getting to uni), :dozey: lame.


Yes...and Auschwitz wasn't a world war theme park, but the stadium they used to play in..:freak:

i remember a controversial debate about that in Portugal, about what is called War Tourism / Dark Tourism, half the class said it was important that people visit those place so to not forget what happened there (and not repeat the same History mistakes), the other half said it should not be done (visit those places). :confused:

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