Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Two thirds of American millennials 'never heard of Holocaust or are unsure'

Survey on Holocaust Memorial Day finds US adults unsure about key facts

    Holocaust survivors Rabbi Philip Lazowski (right) and Bertina Bergstein in Washington, DC on Monday
    Holocaust survivors Rabbi Philip Lazowski (right) and Bertina Bergstein in Washington, DC on Monday (Photo: Getty Images)

    Two-thirds of American millennials do not know what Auschwitz is while more than one in five are unsure if they have heard of the Holocaust, a study in the United States has found. 

    The research, commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and published to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, found younger US adults were less likely to be able to identify concentration camps, ghettos or even countries where the Nazi genocide took place.  

    22 per cent of young adults said they had not heard or were not sure if they had heard of the Holocaust, while a share approaching half — 41 per cent — believes less than two million Jews were killed in the death camps. 

    The true figure is six million. 

    When asked about countries in which the Holocaust took place, a large share (84 per cent) of those surveyed identified Germany, but only 37 per cent named Poland, where more than half of the Jews exterminated came from. 

    However survey participants expressed a desire to learn, with more than two-thirds (68 per cent) accepting antisemitism still existed in the United States.   

    “We are alarmed that today’s generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities,” Claims Conference President Julius Berman said in a statement. 

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

    “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,” Mr Schneider said. 

    “We must be committed to ensuring the horrors of the Holocaust and the memory of those who suffered so greatly are remembered, told and taught by future generations.” 

The Diary

Tina Fey praises Gilda Radner

JC Reporter

16:32

Tina Fey praises Gilda Radner
Letters

Letters, 20th April

JC Reporter

15:25

Letters, 20th April
Israel

Tributes paid to Israel on its 70th birthday

JC Reporter

Yesterday, 13:01

Tributes paid to Israel on its 70th birthday
Education news

British schools moved by film of army life in Israel

JC Reporter

16:09

British schools moved by film of army life in Israel
The Diary

Bette Midler is Hello, Dolly!

JC Reporter

09:36

Bette Midler is Hello, Dolly!
World

Israeli man attacked in Berlin for wearing a kippah

JC Reporter

Wed, 15:45

Israeli man attacked in Berlin for wearing a kippah
Education news

New counsellor marks first for Sinai

JC Reporter

16:02

New counsellor marks first for Sinai
Football

Five-star Lions Vets destroy Rayners Lane

JC Reporter

Yesterday, 15:46

Five-star Lions Vets destroy Rayners Lane
PROMOTIONS

Reviving history at Sheinkin 40: Turning the old streets into something new

JC Reporter

Wed, 12:49

Reviving history at Sheinkin 40: Turning the old streets into something new