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UK kids think Hitler 'was German football coach'

One in 20 British children think Adolf Hitler was Germany's national football coach, while six percent believe the Holocaust was a celebration at the end of World War II End of World War II can refer to:
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One in five also mixed up Hitler's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels with Anne Frank

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, the young Jewish girl who wrote a diary of her time hiding from the Nazis in an attic.

The results of the multiple choice poll, published by a war veterans' charity, reveal that while a majority of children have basic knowledge about the two world wars, a significant minority have no clue.

The survey of 2,000 children was published ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11, when many western nations celebrate the signing of the armistice Armistice

(Nov. 11, 1918) Agreement between Germany and the Allies ending World War I. Allied representatives met with a German delegation in a railway carriage at Rethondes, France, to discuss terms. The agreement was signed on Nov.
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Given a choice of answers, 77 percent of the children aged 9-15 recognised Hitler as leader of the Nazi party, but 13.5 percent thought he invented gravity in 1650 and seven percent thought he coached Germany's football team.

Likewise, 61 percent knew who Goebbels was but 21 percent thought he was a "well-known Jew who wrote a diary in the attic In the Attic can refer to:
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" -- and 14 percent thought he was Britain's defence secretary at the start of the World War II.

While 85 percent knew what the Holocaust was, six percent thought it was the celebration at the end of the war. Auschwitz was correctly identified by 70 percent -- but 15 percent thought it was a WWII WWII
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A question about which country launched the first nuclear weapon caused some confusion. More than 41 percent knew it was the United States, but 31 percent said it was target country Japan, and 19 percent said it was Germany.

"Some of the answers to this poll have shocked us," said Major Jim Panton, chief executive of charity Erskine, adding: "Schoolchildren schoolchildren school nplécoliers mpl;
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The full results of the survey can be seen on the charity's website at: www.erskine.org.uk/news/general-news/.
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