Two-Thirds of US Millennials Can’t Identify What Auschwitz Is

Hey Guys!

As you probably know if you’ve read my blogs, I’m a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in History. The subject of what is taught to the students today is one that we discuss in our classes almost daily. Especially, since two of my classmates teach history themselves. What it is that the teacher’s are required to teach very seldom is what the students should be learning. Reading this post has highlighted some of the points that we discuss clearly. My question for you is, do you remember the first time you were taught about the Holocaust? Comment down below.


via the Jerusalem Post:

Forty-one percent of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz was, according to a comprehensive national survey of Holocaust awareness and knowledge among US adults…

Two-thirds of Millennials interviewed, between the ages of 18 and 34, could not identify what Auschwitz is…

The study found that 11% of US adults and over one-fifth of Millennials (22%) hadn’t heard, or were not sure if they had heard, of the Holocaust.

While approximately six million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust, nearly one-third of all Americans (31%) and over four in every 10 Millennials (41%) believed that two million Jews or less were killed during the Holocaust.

Almost half of US adults (45%) and Millennials (49%) could not name one of the over 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust.

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