Americans are starting to forget key details of the Holocaust
Participants of the annual March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau stand before Auschwitz' main gate. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Many adults, especially millennials, don't know about some of the key events in the Holocaust, per a survey released today, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by the Claims Conference.
A key stat: 41% of American adults don't know what Auschwitz — the Nazi concentration camp in Poland — was. That rises to 66% for millennials (ages 18-34) alone.
- 31% of Americans — and 41% of millennials — think 2 million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust. In reality, 6 million were killed.
- 52% of Americans incorrectly think Adolf Hitler took power by force, reports the New York Times from Claims Conference's survey results.
- 80% of Americans have never visited a Holocaust museum.
- 96% of respondents believe that the Holocaust happened, and 93% believe it should be taught in school.