Lat night I went out to my local to watch the Manchester Utd v Liverpool league cup game, and met a mate who I've known for a long time.
This mate is 40 years old, reasonably intelligent, good job, nice house and car, married, and has a 12-year-old daughter.
As is usual, I asked him how the family are, to which he replied fine. Then he floored me completely by asking me if I'd ever heard of a thing called the Holocaust? Because his daughter is learning about it at school and been asking him about it?
Now, given that the Holocaust is probably one of, if not THE greatst crime against humanity ever perpetrated, I'm fairly certain that I was justified in letting my bottom jaw hit the floor.
The guy reckons genuinely to be completely unaware of it - he was only vaguely aware of the existence of places like Auschwitz-Birkenau (although he couldn't tell me what had happened there), events like the Wannsee Conference, the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos, and various other significant events, places and personalities involved. He actually didn't know that it had all taken place only 80-odd years ago.
I was absolutely astonished at his level of ignorance on this given his reasonable intelligence and political views.
Is it just me? Am I missing something here? Or is the individual in question just being wilfully ignorant?