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More Than 40% Of American Millennials Don't Know The Truth about the Holocaust
It's a truly shocking set of statistics. 22% of American Millennials haven't heard of, or aren't sure if they've heard of, the Holocaust. Additionally, 11% of all adults have not heard of the Holocaust, or are unsure if the have.
For those who have heard of it, a large portion of them believe false statistics about the number of Jewish people killed by the Nazi regime. Of those surveyed, 41% believe that two million or fewer were killed, when the actual number was about 6 million.
Two third of Millennials surveyed could not identify what Auschwitz was.
It's a truly unreal thing that's happening. Just 80 years after an attempted mass genocide on an entire race, large portions of our population is unaware of its history.
"This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools," Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference said in a statement. "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."
This is why it's so important of reach and every one of us to share history ourselves and not merely rely on public schools to do it.
The Israelis will certainly never forget what happened, because every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the entire country comes to a stand-still, and everyone takes a moment of silence to ruminate on what happened in the mid-20th century.
That history can never be lost, for if we do not learn from history there will be repeated mistakes and atrocities.