Yesterday, the International Day of Commemoration of the Holocaust was marked around the world.
On January 27th, 1945 the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp was liberated. In 2005, the United Nations designated this date to remember the Nazi massacre.
This task is especially relevant today, in which there are fewer and fewer survivors of Nazi barbarism and there is more and more ignorance of what happened in the Holocaust.
According to a study published by the Claims Conference in April last year, the percentage of people who ignore the history of the darkest period of humanity is increasing, something that is even more marked in the new generation.
The study showed disturbing results in the United States. For example, although there were more than 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos, 45% of Americans could not even name one. Among millennials (or Generation Y), 66% could not say what Auschwitz is.
31% of Americans believe that less than two million people were killed during the Holocaust, while the percentage reaches 41% among so-called millennials.
In addition, 22% of millennials (one in five) had not heard about the Holocaust or did not know what it was.
Another similar survey carried out in Canada also shows similar results: 54% of Canadian adults did not know how many Jews died in the Holocaust, a percentage that increased to 62% among millennials.
In the same poll, 72% of Canadians said they did not know who Elie Wiesel was and only 55% knew who Oskar Schindler was.
In a survey carried out in England by the “Holocaust Memorial Day Trust”, one in five Englishmen also claimed that less than two million Jews had died in the Holocaust and half of all respondents said they did not know how many Jews had died .