Most Americans believe Holocaust could happen again

Most Americans believe Holocaust could happen again

Most Americans believe Holocaust could happen again

The Holocaust was a genocide during World War II in which millions of European Jews were killed by Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler, between 1941 and 1945. Just 37 percent of USA adults knew that Jews from Poland were killed; Poland was home to 3.5 million Jewish Holocaust victims. He's backed by survey respondents, 93% of whom said it was important to teach about the Holocaust in schools.

The survey shows that 70 percent of Americans believe people care less about the Holocaust than they used to. Perhaps because respondents feel that lack of knowledge is a real threat to the future: 58 percent said they believe something like the Holocaust could happen again.

A uniform of an Auschwitz survivor is displayed on December 9, 2004, at the Jewish Museum in London. This was true for 41 percent of millennials.

An hour after the siren, members of the public were to recite names of Holocaust victims in the "Unto Every Person There Is A Name" ceremony at Yad Vashem as well as in the Israeli parliament, or Knesset.

More than 100,000 others including non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and anti-Nazi resistance fighters also died there, according to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum.

Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans were unable to name a single concentration camp, and the number was even worse for millennials (49 percent). Among millennials, that number rose to 66 percent. The overall poll had a three percent margin of error.

Further, large numbers of respondents believe that there is anti-Semitism in the USA today (68 percent) and that there are many neo-Nazis in the US (34 percent).

"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", claims Conference President Julius Berman said in a statement. In the film Aliza Sommer-Herz, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards.

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. Respondents were selected at random and constituted a demographically representative sample of the adult population in the United States.

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