Young Americans aged 18 to 39, have a percentage of individuals that believe that the Holocaust never happened.
The statistics of these findings are about 1 in every 10 Americans, and another statistic brought to the plate is that 23% of Americans think that the Holocaust is a myth, or the number of people that have been killed has been exaggerated.
A survey had been conducted for Americans that are between the ages of 18 to 39, and 12% of those users said that they had never heard, or thought that they had never heard of the term “Holocaust” in their lifetime.
Some Americans who are younger believe that there are conspiracy theories that exist, saying that they cannot name a single concentration camp and not acknowledging the history of the Holocaust.
About 36% of the users who took the survey thought that there were less than two million Jews who were killed during the historical period of time. 63% of the users did not know that the amount of Jews that had been killed were actually over the numbers of six million.
Almost half of the users could not name any of the concentration camps that were used at the time, albeit there being 40,000 concentration camps in total.
Most of the killings of the Holocaust had taken place between 1941 and 1945, though the execution of the Jews had started before that. The first concentration camp had been built in 1933, its original use was to hold political prisoners.
The president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Gideon Taylor, states that the results of the survey are both “shocking and saddening, and they underscore why we must act now while Holocaust survivors are still with us to voice their stories”.
He continues that 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”.
There had been another survey that creates a “knowledge score” in order to understand the minds of young Americans these days and what they are capable of knowing.
Within the states, Arkansas was the less exposed to the information of the Holocaust and fewer than two in 10 of Millennials and Gen Z individuals meet the knowledge score criteria.