Апреля 24 2018

41% of Americans have to ask, 'What's Auschwitz?'

Апреля 24 2018, 07:07 | Irvin Gilbert

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At the same time, 80 percent of the respondents said they have never visited a Holocaust museum.

And while Auschwitz has long served as a haunting symbol of the genocide and a byword for human suffering, 66% of young people were unaware or unsure of what the death camp was, compared to 41% of the general population.

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.

Only 41 percent of Americans, and 66 percent of USA persons specifically 18 to 34 years old, know what Auschwitz was, according to a study published Thursday by the Jewish advocacy group Claims Conference.

The study, released on Thursday by The Conference Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, studied the awareness of American adults and millennial about the events of the Holocaust. Twenty-two percent of millennials said they haven't heard of the Holocaust or are not sure whether they've heard of it. This was true for 41 percent of millennials. Sixty-eight percent of USA adults said antisemitism exists today and 34 percent said there are many neo-Nazis now present in the U.S.

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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. A February report from the Southern Poverty Law Center claimed that the number of hate groups in the US has increased by 20 percent over the past three years.

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

See photos of Israelis remembering the Holocaust below.

"This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools", said Greg Schneider, 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.

The study on Holocaust awareness and knowledge in the US was conducted between February 23 and 27 and involved 1,350 interviews with American adults 18 and older.

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