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US Majority of Americans Lack Basic Knowledge of the Holocaust, Study Finds

20:46  12 april  2018
20:46  12 april  2018 Source:   usnews.com

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A survey released in tandem with Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, found a startling number of American adults lack basic knowledge of That knowledge gap is more pronounced among U.S. millennials – people ages 18 to 34, according to the national study commissioned by the

The vast majority of respondents (77%) agreed with the statement " The Holocaust happened, and the number of Jews who The group added in a statement: "The surprising state-by-state results highlight a worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge , a growing problem as fewer and fewer Holocaust

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A survey released in tandem with Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, found a startling number of American adults lack basic knowledge of what happened during the genocide.

That knowledge gap is more pronounced among U.S. millennials – people ages 18 to 34, according to the national study commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and released Thursday. The survey, conducted by Schoen Consulting from Feb. 23-27, involved 1,350 American adults interviewed by phone or online. Millennials were 31 percent of the sample.

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The lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people And 52 per cent of Americans wrongly think Hitler came to power through force. “As we get farther Despite the gaps in the respondents’ knowledge , the study found an overwhelming consensus - 93

A disturbing new survey finds a lack of basic knowledge about the Holocaust among young Americans . Almost half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 39 couldn't name a single concentration camp or ghetto, and nearly two-thirds did not know that six million Jews were murdered

Forty-one percent of millennials, and nearly one-third of all Americans, believe that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust. The actual number is about 6 million. Moreover, 45 percent of Americans could not name a single concentration camp, despite more than 40,000 camps and ghettos operating in Europe during the Holocaust, and 41 percent of respondents – and 66 percent of millennials – couldn't identify what Auschwitz was.

The survey also found that some respondents had not heard of, or are not sure if they had heard of, the Holocaust.

Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, said in a statement that the study "underscores the importance" of Holocaust education in schools. He added: "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."

Americans overwhelmingly agreed.

While most Americans have not visited a Holocaust museum and two-thirds said they do not know of a survivor, 93 percent of respondents said all students should learn about the genocide in school. Respondents decidedly agreed that it's important to teach of the Holocaust so such a mass atrocity does not happen again, and a majority of Americans said they believe it could.

Despite an apparent gap in general knowledge, Holocaust denial remains very rare in the United States, with 96 percent of respondents saying they believe the genocide happened, according to the study.

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