Rivlin leads 'March of the Living' in Poland on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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For Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018, Americans have joined people around the world in commemorating the murder of millions of Jews and other persecuted groups during the Second World War.

80% of Americans have never visited a Holocaust museum. Almost one-third of respondents (31 percent) believed that less than 2 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust; the actual number is closer to 6 million.

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study also found that a significant majority of American adults believe that fewer people care about the Holocaust today than they used to, and pointed to critical gaps in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust. Twenty-two percent of millennials, for instance, said they had not heard of, or were unsure if they had heard of the Holocaust, compared to 11 percent of all adults.

The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of USA adults overall haven't heard of the Holocaust or aren't sure if they did.

In addition to noting that 6 million Jewish men women and children were killed in the Holocaust, the proclamation states that millions of other Europeans were murdered by the Nazi regime including Roma and Sinti Gypsies, mentally ill and physically deformed individuals, Slavs and other minorities, Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, gays and political dissidents.

One of the more striking findings found that 41 percent of USA adults-and 66 percent of US millennials-could not explain that Auschwitz was a concentration camp in Poland where the Nazis detained 1.3 million people and exterminated 1.1 million during World War II.

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Duda assured Rivlin that Polish lawmakers had no intention of silencing Holocaust survivors over WWII-era crimes against Jews that were "worthy only of condemnation".

The study also revealed that nearly half of Americans (45%) can not name a single concentration camp, with an even higher percentage among adults aged 18-34.

"This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools", said Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference.

The survey was conducted by Schoen Consulting between February 23-27 with a randomly selected demographically representative sample of 1,350 Americans. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

"We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities", he said in a statement.

"We have a responsibility to convey the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations, and together as Americans, we have a moral obligation to combat antisemitism, confront hate and prevent genocide", Trump said in a statement.

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