“Studying the Holocaust shouldn’t be limited to history classes. It must become part of curricula of political & civic education, ethics, media or religious studies. Ideologies of hatred that led to Auschwitz still poison people’s minds.”
~ Piotr Cywiński, Historian and Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, active participant and often initiator in the Polish-Jewish and Christian-Jewish dialogue.
Anti-Semitism in Europe (ComRes Polling for CNN):
~ One in four said Jews have too much influence in conflict and wars across the world.
~ One in five said they have too much influence in the media and politics.
~ A third of Europeans in the poll said they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust. One in 20 in had never heard of the Holocaust.
~ A third of Europeans said that Jews use the Holocaust to advance their own positions or goals.
~ A third of Europeans said supporters of Israel use accusations of anti-Semitism to shut down criticism of Israel.
~ A third of Europeans said commemorating the Holocaust distracts from other atrocities today.
~ 40% said Jews were at risk of racist violence in their countries and half said their governments should do more to fight anti-Semitism.
~ Americans do not fare any better: A survey carried out on behalf of the Claims Conference earlier this year found that 10% of American adults were not sure they’d ever heard of the Holocaust, rising to one in five millennials. Half of all millennials could not name a single concentration camp, and 45% of all American adults failed to do so.