IT'S NOT JUST HARRY...
I've refrained from posting about Harry and the swastika until now, because I felt other people covered it enough. It was just a wrong, stupid choice by a teenager who unfortunately is very high profile because of his royal bloodline. But I'm posting a link to this JTA story because apparently, there's a substantial number of British youth who believe that their Prince's costume choice was perfectly appropriate:
The publication of pictures showing Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform at a costume party caused outrage around the world. But it seems that most of his British peers can’t see what all the fuss is about.
In the days following the furor, a poll published by the Sunday Mirror newspaper showed that although 71 percent of those interviewed thought Harry was wrong to wear the costume, which featured a swastika armband, more than half of those between 18 and 24 said the choice of outfit was acceptable.
The results were particularly dispiriting because they followed a recent BBC survey in which 60 percent of those younger than 35 claimed never to have even heard of Auschwitz.
The article notes that it's hard to imagine what's causing this insensitivity since learning about the Holocaust has been required in British schools since 1991. Maybe Miriam will have some insight into this...
UPDATE: Miriam has an interesting post on this here.