A New Survey Shows That Over 1 In 10 Young Americans Have Never Heard Of The Holocaust


A new survey that began to circulate on Wednesday, provides a grim picture of how little Americans really know about the Holocaust. The event that has been called “the greatest crime of the century” has apparently escaped the consciousness of a large swath of the American public — specifically young Americans who fall into the Millennial and Gen Z age frames. 

The survey was conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and included 1,000 Millennials and Gen Z-ers between the ages of 18 and 39 from all 50 states. It found that it’s not just the details that many Americans are unaware of — there are plenty who think the Holocaust never happened or who have never even heard the term before. 

According to their findings, nearly two-thirds of respondents did not know 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, nearly half cannot name a single concentration camp, and 11 percent believe Jews caused the Holocaust, while 12 percent say they haven’t heard (or don’t think they’ve heard) the word “Holocaust” before.

“The results are both shocking and saddening and they underscore why we must act now while Holocaust survivors are still with us to voice their stories,” Gideon Taylor, President of the Claims Conference, said in a statement.

“It’s concerning that a survey conducted in the U.S. suggests that nearly two-thirds of US young adults are unaware that 6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust,” the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said on Twitter. “This is why Holocaust education and commemoration is so important today.”

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Some states fared better than others: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Iowa, and Montana had what the survey called “the highest Holocaust Knowledge Scores” …read more

Source:: Refinery29

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