Americans Are Forgetting Key Details About the Holocaust

Saul Bowman
April 13, 2018

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. One is that major knowledge gaps exist - for example, 45% of all adults can not name a concentration camp or ghetto - but the other is a broad consensus that learning the history of the Holocaust is important.

The occasion marks 75 years since the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and will feature Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska, who has been recalling the stories of each of her four grandparents, who all survived the Holocaust.

Sar Shalom Messianic Congregation took time to recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on April 12th this year.

The survey's respondents also indicated anti-Semitism and neo-Nazi remain issues today, with more than half saying they believe there are many neo-Nazis in the USA.

It's one of the most horrific events humanity has seen, and it's important we remember it so nothing like it ever happens again.


Of those aware of the Holocaust, one third of all Americans and over four in 10 millennials believe that only two million Jews or less were killed. The countries' leaders lit candles, bowed their heads and pressed their hands on the Death Wall before taking their place in the march, which united young Israelis and other Jews wishing to learn about their nation's tragedy.

The study also revealed that nearly half of Americans (45%) can not name a single concentration camp, with an even higher percentage among adults aged 18-34. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, can not say what Auschwitz was.

The study found that the vast majority of respondents support Holocaust education. Meanwhile, a research project started in 2000 by investigators with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, found in 2013 that from 15 to 20 million people had died or been imprisoned at a range of Holocaust-related sites.

"Imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories", he says, stressing the importance of Holocaust education.

"We say 'Never Forget, ' but the people who were murdered are literally being forgotten as we speak", says Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference, the organization behind a new study showing just how that forgetting is happening. Respondents were selected randomly and reflected the demographics of the American adult population, it said.

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