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The Holocaust: Claims Conference Survey
Shows Holocaust Fading From Memory

(April 2018)

A survey conducted in February 2018 by Schoen Consulting at the behest of the The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that many people in the United States alarmingly lack basic knowledge about the Holocaust.  Schoen surveyed 1,350 Americans either by phone or online and concluded that although there is a severe ignorance of basic facts surrounding the Holocaust, people still think it's important.  Below, you can see some key findings from the survey.  To read the full survey report, please click here.  

  • 11% of total U.S. adults and 22% of milenials have not heard of or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust.  
  • 31% of U.S. adults believe that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed during the Holocaust.  
  • Approximately half of all U.S. adults (45%) and milenials (49%) cannot name a single Concentration Camp or Ghetto.  
  • 41% of total U.S. adults and 66% of milenials surveyed could not identify what Auschwitz was.  
  • Most Americans (80%) have never visited a Holocaust memorial or museum.  
  • 93% of  U.S. adults believe that there should be mandatory Holocaust education taught in schools.  

Source: New Survey by Claims Conference Finds Significant Lack of Holocaust Knowledge in the United States, Claims Conference, (April 12, 2018).