One third of Americans do not believe six million Jews were murdered in Holocaust

Itamar Eichner

Originally published in YNetNews

One third of Americans believe only 2 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust and 66% of millennials have never heard of Auschwitz, according to a comprehensive national survey of Holocaust awareness and knowledge among adults in the United States, released by the Claims Conference, founded to deal with restitution for Holocaust survivors.

Over 45% asked, could not name any of the 40 ghettos or concentration camps present in Europe during the Second World War. That number increases among people born in the 80’s and 90’s of the 20th century.

The study reveals 68% of Americans believe there is anti-Semitism in the US and 37% say neo-Nazi’s exist in large numbers. Seven out of ten say fewer people care about the Holocaust than in the past. A majority (58%) believe a similar event could take place again.

According to the study Americans are not educated enough about the Holocaust and reports agreements schools must do more.

However not all results were negative. Nine out of ten surveyed (93%) believe all students should learn about the Holocaust in school and eight out of ten say it is important to keep teaching about the Holocaust so it does not happen again.

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