Study shows Americans are forgetting about the Holocaust


As every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, buses and cars came to a halt as Israelis stepped out of their vehicles, standing with heads bowed in solemn remembrance.

More than one-fifth of millennials in the US - 22 percent - haven't heard of, or aren't sure if they've heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Adolf Hitler's fascist Nazi regime killed approximately 6 million Jews before and during World War II.

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

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The event in Edmonton was organized by the Jewish Federation of Edmonton's Holocaust Education Committee. 31 percent of those polled believed less than 2 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. This was true for 41 percent of millennials.

"More than nine out of ten respondents (93%) believe all students should learn about the Holocaust in school", the poll showed. Forty-nine percent of millennials were unable to name a single concentration camp or ghetto, compared to 45 percent of all adults.

More than a decade ago, in 2005, the American Jewish Committee and market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres asked 1,005 Americans what Aushwitz, Dachau and Treblinka were, and a higher proportion of respondents ― 46 percent ― said they didn't know. "But it's also important to recognize those courageous individuals at that time who stood against hate", Mayor Brown said.

The survey found a low awareness of nations other than Germany where the Holocaust occurred: Just 5 to 6 percent of US adults knew that Jews were killed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, where 90 percent of the local Jewish populations were murdered.

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"If we don't go, we will miss one of the strongest experiences that can touch a person", he said.

"Despite the exceptional relationship between our two peoples, we demand Poland take responsibility for the comprehensive study of the Holocaust", Rivlin told reporters.

The survey found that almost half of all Americans - 41 percent - couldn't identify Auschwitz, a concentration camp where an estimated 1.1 million Jews and minorities were killed at the hands of Nazis during World War II.

Northfield Mount Hernon (NMH), a private school in MA, invited Danny Spungen, organizer and owner of an award-winning exhibit of 300 World War II documents, to enlighten their students on both the fundamentals and intricacies of the Holocaust. "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".

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"During the Holocaust, we were helpless, defenceless, and voiceless".