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.
The notorious Auschwitz concentration camp was located in German-occupied Poland, but 41% of Americans and 66% of millennials, could not identify the camp.
Sar Shalom Messianic Congregation took time to recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on April 12th this year. However, the survey found nearly a third of Americans and 41% of millennials incorrectly believed two million or fewer Jewish people died.
"We see the Holocaust as a result of anti-Semitism that led to the slaughter of the Jewish people out of a Nazi ideology that flourished on Polish soil", Rivlin said. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, can not say what Auschwitz was.
Are you in awe of the seemingly countless endeavors to familiarize Americans with the Holocaust? The Strahl in there might sound unusual, and that's because it's actually a surname - one that belonged to his wife's grandparents, who were both Holocaust survivors. The percentage increased to 41% among millennials, defined as those aged 18 to 34. It also found that most Americans desire an overall improvement in the quality of the Holocaust curriculum.
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Claims Conference President Julius Berman said it is "vital to open a dialogue on the state of Holocaust awareness so that the lessons learned inform the next generation".
"We must remember these atrocities from generation to generation to help ensure that they are never repeated", Little said.
"Imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories", he says, stressing the importance of Holocaust education.
Among the study's findings on the latter point is that 93% of respondents believed that all students should learn Holocaust material in school, with 80% saying that a major reason to do so is to prevent such a thing from happening again.