Israel stands still, Poland hosts march on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust survivors sing
Holocaust survivors sing

13 April, 2018

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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. More than 250 died at the hands of the Nazis.

Despite the worrying figures, 93 percent of those asked think the Holocaust should be taught in schools, while 96 percent believe that the genocide happened.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath during a ceremony marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.

"We must ensure that the history of the Holocaust remains forever relevant and that no people suffer these tragedies ever again", the proclamation says. Estimates of the total death toll reach as high at 15 million to 20 million people.

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Forty-five percent of all respondents could not name a concentration camp or ghetto from World War II, and 41 percent could not identify Auschwitz, a network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps. Sixty-eight percent of US adults said antisemitism exists today and 34 percent said there are many neo-Nazis now present in the U.S.

The group's executive vice president, Greg Schneider, said the study's findings highlighted the importance of Holocaust education.

Claims Conference President Julius Berman said it is "vital to open a dialogue on the state of Holocaust awareness so that the lessons learned inform the next generation".

The survey also found that a large majority of Americans have little to no connection to the Holocaust - with 80 percent never having visited a Holocaust museum and 66 percent not knowing or knowing of a survivor. "We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities". Schoen Consulting conducted the study in February, speaking to 1,350 American adults, 31 percent of whom were Millennials.

Let us continue to come together to remember all the innocent lives lost in the Holocaust, pay tribute to those intrepid individuals who resisted the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto, and recall those selfless heroes who risked their lives in order to help or save those of their persecuted neighbors. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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