On Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during this week of remembrance, we reflect on one of the darkest periods in the history of the world and honor the victims of Nazi persecution.
The poll also found that 70 percent of those surveyed believe that fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust as much as they used to. Moreover, two-thirds of millennials (66%) could not identify what Auschwitz was.
The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study found that 58 percent of Americans believe that something like the Holocaust could happen again. Twenty-two percent of millennials, for instance, said they had not heard of, or were unsure if they had heard of the Holocaust, compared to 11 percent of all adults.
Poles should be comforted by the survey's finding regarding the primary location of the events tied to the Holocaust: Most U.S. Adults (84%) know that the Holocaust occurred in Germany, but only 37% identified Poland as a country where the Holocaust took place, despite the fact that more than half (3.5 million) of the Jews killed were from Poland, and the fact that the vast majority of Nazi death camps were located there.
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.
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Almost half of Millennials-41 percent-believed that less than two million Jews had been killed during the Holocaust, even though the actual number of those killed hovers around six million, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany's study.
While 41 percent of all USA adults were able to identify Auschwitz, two-thirds of millennials polled - 66 percent - could not identify the infamous death camp.
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). "There remain troubling gaps in Holocaust awareness while survivors are still with us; imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories".
Schoen Consulting conducted the February 23-28 survey of 1,350 USA adults by phone and online. We have a responsibility to convey the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations, and together as Americans, we have a moral obligation to combat antisemitism, confront hate, and prevent genocide.
"We say 'Never Forget, ' but the people who were murdered are literally being forgotten as we speak", Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, tells Lily Rothman of TIME.