The Holocaust is one of the worst atrocities ever committed. The mass extermination of Jews will forever be a black eye on the human existence. Yet a recent poll conducted during a Holocaust Remembrance Day found that millennials have little-to-no knowledge of the Holocaust or how it transpired.
The survey, which was conducted using the demographics of individuals age 18 to 34, claimed a large portion of individuals recited misinformation or had no answer to questions about the Holocaust.
According to the New York Times, 41 percent of millennials said that only two million Jews died during Hitler’s mass extermination. In reality, the true number is six million.
When compared to the rest of Americans, 31 percent of non-millennials echoed the same misinformation when it comes to the actual numbers of murders.
When asked about Auschwitz, one of the most infamous concentration camps, an astounding 66 percent of millennials had no idea what it was, according to the study.
The study also concluded that only 39 percent of Americans knew that Hitler was democratically elected and was not a tyrannical dictator.
For the past 70 years, the words “never forget” have been used by those who want to ensure a horrific event like the Holocaust never happens again. Unfortunately, though, the newer generation has already starting to forget, which many worries could lead to history repeating itself.
The study also looked at what percentage of Americans think that the Holocaust was “made up.” Thankfully, only 4 percent of Americans think this.
To try and figure out why two-thirds of Americans have no basic facts about the Holocaust, those conducting the study asked responders if they think the Holocaust should be taught in school. An overwhelming 93 percent agreed that it should.
Greg Schneider, the Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference, stated that the real concern isn’t that people don’t believe the Holocaust actually happened. “The issue is not that people deny the Holocaust; the issue is just that it’s receding from memory,” he said. “People may not know the details themselves, but they still think it’s important. That is very heartening.”
There are only an estimated 400,000 Holocaust survivors still living at this time. As many of them are nearing the end of their lives, the fear is that knowledge of this horrific time in history will die with them.