41% of Americans have to ask, 'What's Auschwitz?'

13 April, 2018, 03:07 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Erika Estis a Holocaust survivor lights a memorial

Among the notable results, the study found that over one-fifth (22%) of young Americans have never heard about the Holocaust or were unsure what it was. In addition, 93 percent of survey participants agreed with the statement that "all students should learn about the Holocaust while at school".

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Netanyahu drew comparisons between the Nazi Regime and present-day Iran, issuing a stern warning to "not test the determination of the State of Israel". The actual number is estimated to be six million.

While 84 percent responded that they knew the Holocaust occurred in Germany, only 37 percent identified Poland as a country where Jews were also killed.

Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans were unable to name a single concentration camp, and the number was even worse for millennials (49 percent).

While 41 percent of all USA adults were able to identify Auschwitz, two-thirds of millennials polled - 66 percent - could not identify the infamous death camp.

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A visitor walks between electric barbed-wired fences at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and former concentration camp, November 18, 2013.

Poland was once home to Europe's largest Jewish population, numbering around three million people, or 10 percent of the population in 1939.

Respondents indicated much more awareness of modern-day bias against Jews, with 68 percent saying anti-Semitism is present in America today, and 51 percent saying there are "many" or "a great deal of" neo-Nazis in the United States today. An innovative programme at the Illinois Holocaust Museum recorded elderly survivors telling their story in front of greenscreens, transforming them into holograms which now speak to thousands of visitors at the museum.

"The issue is not that people deny the Holocaust", said Greg Schneider, the executive vice president of the Claims Conference. "We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities". "We must be committed to ensuring the horrors of the Holocaust and the memory of those who suffered so greatly are remembered, told and taught by future generations".

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.

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