People, traffic in Israel pause to remember Holocaust


Trump stirred controversy shortly after his inauguration by releasing a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews.

Though 96% of respondents said the Holocaust took place, 31% believe a maximum of 2 million Jews were killed, well under the actual figure of about 6 million, reports the New York Times. Ninety-three percent of the respondents said that all students should learn about the Holocaust in school and 80 percent said it was important to educate about the Holocaust to prevent it from happening again.

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study found that 58 percent of Americans believe that something like the Holocaust could happen again.

It found that there were significant age gaps in knowledge about the Holocaust, with 22 percent of millennials saying they haven't heard or were not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust, compared to 11 percent for all US adults.

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In addition to noting that 6 million Jewish men women and children were killed in the Holocaust, the proclamation states that millions of other Europeans were murdered by the Nazi regime including Roma and Sinti Gypsies, mentally ill and physically deformed individuals, Slavs and other minorities, Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, gays and political dissidents.

The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of US adults overall haven't heard of the Holocaust or aren't sure if they did.

In a speech in on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, Rivlin cemented that "no country can or should legislate the forgetting of Jews murdered during the Holocaust", apparently referring to the controversial law. Estimates of the total death toll reach as high at 15 million to 20 million people.

Some 41% of Americans and 66% of millennials had no idea about Auschwitz, the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where an estimated 1.1 million were killed, per WFTS. Many were moved to concentration camps, ghettos and detention sites.

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Just over two thirds (68%) thought that anti-Semitism was present in the USA, half believed there were many neo-Nazis in the country, and most people thought it was important to continue teaching about the Holocaust and that it should be compulsory in schools. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

"This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools", said Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference.

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