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Katrina Barker
April 13, 2018

For Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018, Americans have joined people around the world in commemorating the murder of millions of Jews and other persecuted groups during the Second World War.

While 6 million Jews are estimated killed in the Holocaust, 31 percent of all respondents and 41 percent of millennials, aged 18 to 34, believe that number is 2 million or less, according to the survey. Two-thirds of Millennials (66%) had no idea what Auschwitz was.

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study also found that a significant majority of American adults believe that fewer people care about the Holocaust today than they used to, and pointed to critical gaps in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust. But as Maggie Astor reports for the New York Times, a new survey has found that Americans have fundamental gaps in their knowledge of Holocaust history-even though many Americans believe that something like the Holocaust could happen again, and consequently believe that Holocaust education is important.

Reuven Rivlin's remarks were aimed at a controversial new Polish law that was meant to protect Poland from false accusations of complicity in the Holocaust, but has drawn strong criticism from Israel, Ukraine and the United States.

The survey, which was commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), polled 1,350 adults, who were interviewed by phone or online survey.

Also, while the vast majority of historians believe that approximately six million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust, almost one-third of all Americans (31%) and more than four-in-ten Millennials (41%) believe that only two million Jews or fewer were killed in the Holocaust.

The study also revealed that nearly half of Americans (45%) can not name a single concentration camp, with an even higher percentage among adults aged 18-34.

The study was conducted February 23-27 by Schoen Consulting.

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

Most US Adults (84%) know that the Holocaust occurred in Germany, the study determined, yet just 37% identified Poland as a country where the Holocaust occurred.

The study found that the vast majority of respondents support Holocaust education.

"On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, it is vital to open a dialogue on the state of Holocaust awareness so that the lessons learned inform the next generation. We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities". The overall poll had a three percent margin of error.

"Imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories", he says, stressing the importance of Holocaust education.

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