The Claims Conference said there are "critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust" in American society, stressing that USA schools must provide more comprehensive education on the crimes. Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was. But as Maggie Astor reports for the New York Times, a new survey has found that Americans have fundamental gaps in their knowledge of Holocaust history-even though many Americans believe that something like the Holocaust could happen again, and consequently believe that Holocaust education is important. This was true for 41 percent of millennials.
More than 100,000 others including non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and anti-Nazi resistance fighters also died there, according to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum. The actual number is estimated to be six million.
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.
Here's another alarming result of the survey: nearly half of US Adults (45%) and Millennials (49%) can not name even one of the more than 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust, and more than 4-in-10 (41%) did not know what Auschwitz was.
A 1985 poll, for instance, found that 32 percent of people did not know what the Holocaust was, compared to 11 percent today. 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.
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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.
"Imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories", he says, stressing the importance of Holocaust education.
"On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, it is vital to open a dialogue on the state of Holocaust awareness so that the lessons learned inform the next generation", Claims Conference President Julius Berman said in a statement.
"We came here today to send a clear message to the world against anti-Semitism and in support of teaching the memory of the Holocaust to future generations", Danon said in a statement from the march.
The survey, conducted by Shoen Consulting on behalf of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) found that 11 percent of US adults and 22 percent of millennials "haven't heard" or "are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust". Respondents were selected at random and constituted a demographically representative sample of the adult population in the United States.