Two-thirds of American millennials and Generation Z are unaware that six million Jews have died in the Holocaust
A new survey found that two-thirds of American millennials and Gen Z members are unaware that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
The study of adults aged 18 to 39 was commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which examined the knowledge of the Holocaust among young Americans.
Nationally, 63 percent of all respondents were unaware that six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, and 36 percent believed that “two million or fewer Jews” died.
The states with the highest percentage of young people unaware that six million Jews were killed were Arkansas at 69 percent, followed by Delaware at 68 percent, Arizona at 67 percent, Mississippi and Tennessee at 66 percent, and Hawaii, Iowa, Vermont, and West Virginia at 65 percent.
A heat map shows for each state the percentage of respondents who did not answer ‘six million’ when asked how many Jews were murdered during the Holocaust
The fence surrounding the Auschwitz II-Birkenau extermination camp can be seen in a file photo. A new survey found that two-thirds of American millennials and Gen Z members are unaware that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
“The results are both shocking and distressing, and underscore why we need to act now while Holocaust survivors are still with us to tell their stories,” said Gideon Taylor, the chairman of the Claims Conference.
‘We need to understand why we don’t do better to educate a younger generation about the Holocaust and the lessons from the past. This should be a wake-up call for all of us, and a roadmap of where government officials should act, ”Taylor said.
Records show that about 17 million people, including six million Jews, were murdered by the Nazis as part of a state-sponsored genocide in the 1940s.
The study found that Wisconsin has the highest score for Holocaust awareness, while Arkansas has the lowest, as measured by a series of questions about the Holocaust.
Shockingly, 11 percent of American millennials and Gen Z respondents believed that Jews caused the Holocaust.
In New York, which has the highest Jewish population of any US state, a whopping 19 percent answered that they believed the Jews caused the Holocaust.
Tables show state-by-state answers to Holocaust survey questions. New York had the highest percentage of respondents who believe Jewish people caused the Holocaust
A delegation of Auschwitz concentration camp survivors and their families arrive in January to lay wreaths at the execution wall at the former site of Auschwitz I
According to the survey, 49 percent of young Americans have seen reports of Holocaust denial or distortion on social media or elsewhere online.
Nationally, 30 percent of respondents indicated that they had seen Nazi symbols on their social media platforms or in their community. The state with the highest response was Nevada at 70 percent.
The Claims Conference, which commissioned the survey, is currently campaigning to pressure Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove content from the platform that denies or distorts the Holocaust.
Survivors from around the world, including Anne Frank’s stepsister, have recorded 30-second posts that are then posted on social media, including Instagram and Twitter, with the hashtag #NoDenyingIt.
The unloading ramp and main gate called the ‘Gate of Death’ at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau can be seen in 1945
‘I’ve lost my whole family. Lots of family members. It is undeniable! Remove Holocaust denial from Facebook, ”says Eva Schloss, Frank’s stepsister, in her video.
Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, sparked controversy in 2018 when he argued that Facebook should not filter messages denying that the Nazis murdered six million Jews.
In an interview with technical website Recoding he said that while Facebook was committed to stopping the spread of fake news, it wouldn’t filter messages based solely on being factually inaccurate.
He said that while he found Holocaust denial “very offensive,” he said he did not think that deniers were “willfully wrong.”
The non-profit Claims Conference seeks compensation from the German government and the restitution of Jewish property stolen by the Nazis.