About two-thirds of young American adults are unaware that millions of Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in 10 believe that Jews were the cause of the Holocaust, according to a new study.
According to a survey of Millennials and General Z adults between the ages of 18 and 39, about half (48%) could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto established during World War II.
About a quarter of respondents (23%) said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, or exaggerated, or they weren’t sure. One in eight (12%) said they had never heard of the Holocaust, or thought they had.
More than half (5 %%) said they saw Nazi symbols on their social media platforms and / or in their communities, and about half (49%) saw denials or distortions of the Holocaust online on social media or elsewhere.
“The results are both shocking and tragic, and the Holocaust survivors insisted on why we should still work to hear their stories,” said Gideon Taylor, president of the Conference on Jewish Substances (Germany) against Germany.
Taylor added: “We need to understand why we are not doing a better job educating the younger generation about the Holocaust and the lessons of the past. It needs to be a wake-up call for all of us and a road map of how government officials need to work.
The first state-level survey in the United States lists states by score based on three criteria: whether young people must have heard of the Holocaust; Whether they could name a concentration camp, death camp, or ghetto; And they know if 6 million Jews were killed.
The top scoring states were Wisconsin, where 42% of millennials and General Z adults met the three criteria, followed by Minnesota at 37% and Massachusetts at 35%. The lowest scoring states were Florida 20%, Mississippi 18% and Arkansas 17%.
Nationally, 633% of respondents did not know that millions of Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in three (3 %%) thought that 2 million or less had died.
Eleven percent of respondents across the U.S. believed that Jews caused the Holocaust, followed by New York at 19%, followed by Louisiana, Tennessee and Montana at 1%, and Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada and 15% at New Mexico.
Nationally, 44% of those interviewed were able to identify Auschwitz-Barclain and only 3% were familiar with Bergen-Belsen. Six out of 10 respondents in Texas could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto.
However, about two-thirds (4%) of American Millennium and General Z adults believe that Holocaust education should be made compulsory in schools. Seven out of ten people said that it was not acceptable for anyone to have a neo-Nazi opinion.
The demands conference, aimed at “arranging a trial for the victims of the Jewish Holocaust”, formed a task force to oversee the study. The set included Holocaust survivors, historians and experts from Iyad Bashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Data were collected from one thousand interviews across the country and 200 interviews in each state with randomly selected young people aged 18 to 39 years.
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