According to a study released on Holocasut Remembrance Day, two-thirds of American millennials surveyed in the recent poll cannot identify what Auschwitz is. The knowledge of the genocide that killed 6 million Jews during WWII is not sound among many American adults.
22% of the millennials that participated in the poll said that they have never even heard of the Holocaust, which is twice the percentage of all of the U.S. adults who said so.
The study was conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and 1350 American adults were interviewed by telephone and online.
41 percent of the respondents and 66 percent of millennials could not come up with a correct response when asked to identify what Auschwitz is. According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1.3 million people were deported to the camp which was run by Nazi Germany in Poland from 1940 to 1945, and 1.1 million of them were killed. Auschwitz is known as the largest concentration camp among many built by the Nazis during World War II in order to wipe out the Jews and other groups.
However, respondents indicated much more awareness towards modern-day bias against Jews. 68 percent said that anti-Semitism is present in the U.S. today, and 51 percent said that there are many neo-Nazis across the U.S. today.
The survey found a desire for Holocaust education, despite the lack of historical knowledge. 93 percent said that all students should learn about it in school. Maybe the respondents feel that the lack of knowledge is a real threat to the future, and 58 percent of the respondents said that they believe something like the Holocaust could happen again.