Almost 20% Of New York Millennials Blame Jews For The Holocaust
Nearly 20% of New York’s Millennials and Gen Z believe the Jewish people are to blame for The Holocaust; a nationwide survey released Wednesday found.
While The Holocaust resulted in over 11 million deaths, 36% of respondents under age 39 believed the total death count of Jews was “two million or fewer,” according to a nationwide survey of young people by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference.
Over 60% of respondents were unaware that six million Jews were murdered. Among those aware of the death toll, 48% were unable to name any of the 40,000 concentration camps, or ghettos people were forced into during World War II.
Nearly half of Millennials and Gen Z had seen some form of Holocaust denial on social media, the survey found. In Nevada, 70% of respondents have encountered Nazi symbols either online or in their community. An overwhelming majority of those surveyed, 80%, believe that Holocaust education should be taught in the classroom to help avoid a repeat of history.
The survey is the first nationwide Holocaust knowledge survey among Millennials and Gen Z, according to the Claims Conference. In each state, the Claims Conference interviewed a random sample of 200 adults ranging from ages 18 to 39.
“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,” president of the Claims Conference, Gideon Taylor, said. “This needs to serve as a wake-up call to us all, and as a road map of where government officials need to act.”
The states which exhibited the least knowledge about the Holocaust among respondents included Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Among the states recognized as most knowledgeable are Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.
Gretchen Skidmore, director of education initiatives for the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, called for improved Holocaust education in the classroom regarding the DCNF.
“There has to be a commitment on the local level to teach it; teachers need proper training, and there has to be sufficient time for preparation and classroom study of this complex history,” Skidmore said.