Survey finds “shocking and saddening” lack of Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Gen Z

A brand new survey has yielded “shocking and saddening” outcomes, exhibiting millennials and Gen Z have a “worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge,” in line with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (generally known as the Claims Conference).

The U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, which was commissioned by the Claims Conference and performed by Schoen Cooperman Research, is the primary 50-state survey on Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Gen Z, in line with a Wednesday press release. 

Through the survey, the Claims Conference calculated Holocaust “knowledge scores” utilizing the proportion of millennials and Gen Z adults who met all three standards: they’ve definitively heard in regards to the Holocaust, the can title at the very least one focus camp, demise camp, or ghetto, and they know that 6 million Jews had been killed within the Holocaust.

Sixty-three p.c of survey respondents didn’t know 6 million Jews had been killed through the Holocaust, Claims Conference says.

Thirty-six p.c thought that “two million or fewer Jews” had been killed through the Holocaust, and 48% couldn’t title a single camp or ghetto established throughout World War II, regardless of the actual fact that there have been greater than 40,000 of them.

“In perhaps one of the most disturbing revelations of this survey, 11 percent of U.S. Millennial and Gen Z respondents believe Jews caused the Holocaust,” Claims Conference writes. 

Nearly 20% of millennials and Gen Z in New York stated they thought Jews triggered the Holocaust, the survey, which analyzed state-by-state outcomes, discovered. 

Wisconsin scored the very best in Holocaust consciousness, whereas Arkansas confirmed the bottom Holocaust knowledge. 

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Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Iowa and Montana had been the states with the very best Holocaust knowledge scores, whereas Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Arkansas had the bottom. 

Respondents — adults aged 18 to 39 who had been chosen at random — had been additionally requested if they’d seen Nazi symbols on social media platforms or of their group and 30% stated they’d. Seventy p.c of respondents in Nevada had seen Nazi symbols on social media or of their group. 

Forty-nine p.c of millennials and Gen Z have seen Holocaust denial or distortion posts on social media or elsewhere on-line, Claims Conference stated, calling the discovering “troubling.” 

“Not only was their overall lack of Holocaust knowledge troubling, but combined with the number of Millennials and Gen Z who have seen Holocaust denial on social media, it is clear that we must fight this distortion of history and do all we can to ensure that the social media giants stop allowing this harmful content on their platforms,” stated Claims Conference Executive Vice President Greg Schneider. “Survivors lost their families, friends, homes and communities; we cannot deny their history.” 

Fifty-nine p.c of respondents indicated they consider one thing just like the Holocaust might occur once more, a discovering that Claims Conference referred to as “a disturbing sign of the times.” 

“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,” Claims Conference President Gideon Taylor stated. “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.”

Claims Conference stated the lack of Holocaust knowledge is a rising downside, since just a few Holocaust survivors are alive to share the teachings of the Holocaust.


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