Friday, 20 May 2011

Most Europeans ignorant about the Holocaust

“Europeans have already forgotten the Holocaust and now politicians are making it official”

Six million Jews, of which 1.5 million were children, were exterminated by the Nazis and their willing executioners, but six decades later Europeans demonstrate a "disturbing lack of knowledge about the Holocaust".

European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor slammed Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck for his comments about forgetting the Nazi period, especially due to the current ignorance of Europeans about the Holocaust.

A recent European Jewish Congress survey on Holocaust awareness, undertaken in several European countries demonstrated that there is a disturbing lack of knowledge about the Holocaust.

The survey asked five questions about the Holocaust and found that many European respondents were especially ignorant as to the basic facts of the Holocaust. Two thirds of respondents under-45 surveyed did not know that six million Jews died in the Holocaust.

Similar ignorance was displayed to the question, “Who was Adolf Eichmann?” Only around a third of those under 45 in Europe knew that Eichmann was the chief organizer behind the Nazi mass murder of Europe’s Jews. [...]

The poll was conducted by Toluna on behalf of the European Jewish Congress using 3,233 participants.

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