23% of American adults believe the Holocaust was a myth
A recent survey found that more than one in 10 young Americans believe Jews caused the Holocaust.
23% of American adults believe the Holocaust was a myth, according to a new survey.
The new report, which surveyed 1,000 American adults aged between 18 and 39, found that almost half (48%) could not name a single concentration camp established during the second World War.
Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, that it had been exaggerated, or they weren’t sure.
One in eight (12%) said they had definitely not heard, or didn’t think they had heard, about the Holocaust.
63% of those surveyed did not know that six million Jewish people were killed as a result of the genocide.
The survey was commissioned by Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, and it found that 11% of respondents across the US believed that Jewish people were responsible for causing the Holocaust.
Gideon Taylor, president of Claims Conference said: "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.
"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."