A survey found Americans are forgetting about the Holocaust.
66% of millennials surveyed don’t know what Auschwitz was and 41% believe 2 million or less Jews were killed, when, in reality, roughly 6 million were killed. 61% percent of Americans also don’t know Adolf Hitler was democratically elected.
The study, commissioned by the Claims Conference, also found that more than 50% of Americans believe the holocaust could happen again and that 80% have never visited a Holocaust Museum.
The study surveyed 1,350 Americans — 31% of whom were millennials. Claims Conference board member, Matthew Bronfman stated, “As we get farther away from the actual events, 70-plus years now, it becomes less forefront of what people are talking about or thinking about or discussing or learning. If we wait another generation before you start trying to take remedial action, I think we’re really going to be behind the eight ball.”
Although memory of the holocaust seems to be fading, 93% of those surveyed think students should learn about it at school and 96% said they believe the genocide happened.
Claims Conference Executive VP Greg Schneider stated, “The issue is not that people deny the Holocaust, the issue is just that it’s receding from memory. People may not know the details themselves, but they still think it’s important. That is very heartening.”