A poll revealed just a few days ago apparently shows that there is a massive part of the population who is actually clueless about it.
A new poll released on Wednesday shows that 20 percent of Millennials and Gen Z in New York thought that the Holocaust caused by Jews themselves.
The survey, which was the first ever 50-state survey on the Holocaust knowledge to American Millennials and Gen Z, was given by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
For example, although there were more than 40,000 camps and ghettos during World War II, 58 percent of the answers in the survey in New York cannot name a single one. Do teachers even teach about World War II? About the Holocaust?
Yes, the Holocaust ended 75 years ago, but there is nothing more important than educating the youth about the past, and draw conclusions.
Additionally, 60 percent of respondents in New York do not know that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. How can you not know that almost an entire nation has been murdered inhumanely and brutally?
“The results are both shocking and saddening and they underscore why we must act now while Holocaust survivors are still with us to voice their stories,” said Gideon Taylor, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claim Against Germany.
A total of 34 percent of respondents in New York believe the Holocaust occurred but the number of Jews who died has been greatly exaggerated or believe the Holocaust is a myth and did not happen or are unsure. Unsure? A myth? Believe it or not, there are tens of thousands of testimonies out there, letters, messages, books written about the Holocaust and its gruesome stories.
A shocking 28 percent of respondents in New York believe it is acceptable to hold neo-Nazi views, while 62 percent have never visited a Holocaust museum in the United States.
At least 65 percent of respondents in New York believe Holocaust education should be compulsory in school, and 79 percent say it is important to keep teaching about the Holocaust, in part, so that it does not happen again. At least they know it is important to know about it. Too bad most of them do not know anything about it.
“We need to understand why we aren’t doing better in educating a younger generation about the Holocaust and the lessons of the past. This needs to serve as a wake-up call to us all, and as a road map of where government officials need to act,” Taylor added.
Data was collected from 1,000 interviews nationwide and 200 interviews in each state with young adults aged 18 to 39 selected at random.