Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Most Americans believe Holocaust could happen again

Andrew Cummings | 13 April, 2018, 01:31

Trump stirred controversy shortly after his inauguration by releasing a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. Moreover, two-thirds of millennials (66%) could not identify what Auschwitz was.

The Claims Conference said there are "critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust" in American society, stressing that us schools must provide more comprehensive education on the crimes.

Forty-five percent of all respondents could not name a concentration camp or ghetto from World War II, and 41 percent could not identify Auschwitz, a network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

The survey shows that 70 percent of Americans believe people care less about the Holocaust than they used to. Meanwhile, a research project started in 2000 by investigators with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, found in 2013 that from 15 to 20 million people had died or been imprisoned at a range of Holocaust-related sites.

Almost half of Millennials-41 percent-believed that less than two million Jews had been killed during the Holocaust, even though the actual number of those killed hovers around six million, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany's study.

The solemn march began near Auschwitz' main gate and the city's watchtowers and covered 2 miles to Birkenau, where Jews from all over Europe were brought to be murdered in gas chambers.

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The day remembers more than 11 million victims of the Holocaust, including 6 million Jews.

Here's another alarming result of the survey: nearly half of US Adults (45%) and Millennials (49%) can not name even one of the more than 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust, and more than 4-in-10 (41%) did not know what Auschwitz was. More than nine out of ten respondents (93%) believe all students should learn about the Holocaust in school, and eight out of ten respondents (80%) say it is important to keep teaching about the Holocaust so it does not happen again.

The study on Holocaust awareness and knowledge in the USA was conducted between February 23 and 27 and involved 1,350 interviews with American adults 18 and older.

Americans have "a moral obligation to combat anti-Semitism, confront hate and prevent genocide", President Donald Trump said in a proclamation issued for Yom Hashoah, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. "We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities", claims Conference President Julius Berman said in a statement.

"There remain troubling gaps in Holocaust awareness while survivors are still with us; imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories", Schneider said.

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