Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Striking Photos Show Israelis Standing Still For Holocaust Remembrance Day

Striking Photos Show Israelis Standing Still For Holocaust Remembrance Day

Almost half of Millennials-41 percent-believed that less than two million Jews had been killed during the Holocaust, even though the actual number of those killed hovers around six million, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany's study. "There remain troubling gaps in Holocaust awareness while survivors are still with us; imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories".

Of those aware of the Holocaust, one third of all Americans and over four in 10 millennials believe that only two million Jews or less were killed.

An organisation representing Holocaust survivors and their families has said it is "alarmed" by a survey which indicates that young people in the USA lack "basic knowledge" about the genocide. "We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities".

Some schools across the country are trying to change that.

Israel's president on Thursday said there was a "deep disagreement" between his country and Poland over the Holocaust and called on Warsaw to study its history - an allusion to the responsibility of some Poles for the deaths of Jews.


Students asked many questions. Volunteers will read off the names of thousands of children who died in concentration camps for nine hours straight in 15 minute increments.

Spungen, as well as other influential speakers and the school, showed films they thought were important, like "The Counterfeiters", the 2007 Oscar victor for best foreign language film that details the secret Nazi scheme of currency forging.

Rivlin on Thursday also insisted that politicians should not meddle in history.

But only about 300,000 survived WWII after Nazi Germany occupied Poland.

The date also marks the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and former camp inmate Gena Turgel, who lives in north London, will recall her story, including how Norman Turgel - an English soldier who helped liberate the camp - later became her husband. This was true for 41 percent of millennials.

But most adults want to learn more, or at least have students do so. Perhaps because respondents feel that lack of knowledge is a real threat to the future: 58 percent said they believe something like the Holocaust could happen again.

"This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools", Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference, said in a statement.

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