In this area where I live, the Jewish community is absent and in order to explain to my students who the Jews even are, I have to engage in the following kind of dialogue that annoys me beyond what I can express.
Me: Have you heard of the Holocaust?
Me: So what is it?
Students: When many people died?
(Note the “died.” Like they just got old and died, or didn’t take their vitamins and died.)
Me: What people?
Me: Why did they die?
Me: Who killed them?
Students: Bad guys?
Me: Yes, you could put it that way. Bad guys.