Study finds major gaps in Holocaust knowledge among Americans

13 April, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Organizers say the lecture series was started more than 50 years ago by local Holocaust survivor, Helen Sperling. They also persecuted and murdered millions of other Europeans, including Roma and Sinti Gypsies, persons with mental and physical disabilities, Slavs and other minorities, Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, gays, and political dissidents.

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.

"Yom HaShoah" also is known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. We must ensure that the history of the Holocaust remains forever relevant and that no people suffer these tragedies ever again. However, the survey found nearly a third of Americans and 41% of millennials incorrectly believed two million or fewer Jewish people died. Estimates of the total death toll reach as high at 15 million to 20 million people.

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The notorious Auschwitz concentration camp was located in German-occupied Poland, but 41% of Americans and 66% of millennials, could not identify the camp.

While 3.5 million of Jews killed were from Poland, only 37% of Americans could identify Poland as a country where the Holocaust occurred.

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

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Around two-thirds (68 percent) of Americans believe there is anti-Semitism in the USA today, and a majority (51 percent) think there is either a great deal of (17 percent) or many (34 percent) neo-Nazis in the country today. The study included 1,350 interviews with Americans aged 18 and over.

Despite the lack of historical knowledge, the survey found a desire for Holocaust education - 93 percent said in response to a question toward the end of the survey that all students should learn about the Holocaust in school.

The group's executive vice president, Greg Schneider, said the study's findings highlighted the importance of Holocaust education.

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The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study was commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Respondents were selected randomly and reflected the demographics of the American adult population, it said.

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