Israel calls on Poland to study Holocaust history

Baruch Shub at his apartment in a senior citizens’ home in Kfar Saba Israel on Tuesday. During World War II Shub and his friends hid out in the forests of the former Soviet Union trying their best to undermine the Nazi war machine by derailing trai

Baruch Shub at his apartment in a senior citizens’ home in Kfar Saba Israel on Tuesday. During World War II Shub and his friends hid out in the forests of the former Soviet Union trying their best to undermine the Nazi war machine by derailing trai

When asked if it's "important to keep teaching about the Holocaust so it doesn't happen again", 80 percent responded in the affirmative - although that means 1 in 5 do not agree.

Critics, including many in Israel, say the law is loosely formulated and could be abused to deny or negate Polish responsibility for crimes against the Jewish people. Moreover, two-thirds of millennials (66%) could not identify what Auschwitz was.

Israelis stood still on Thursday for a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as a two-minute siren wailed across the country and the nation paid respects to those systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in World War II.

Here's another alarming result of the survey: nearly half of US Adults (45%) and Millennials (49%) can not name even one of the more than 40,000 concentration camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust, and more than 4-in-10 (41%) did not know what Auschwitz was. Just 37 percent of US adults knew that Jews from Poland were killed; Poland was home to 3.5 million Jewish Holocaust victims.

Roughly 45 percent of Americans, and 49 percent of millennials, can't name a single concentration camp in general. In addition, 93 percent of survey participants agreed with the statement that "all students should learn about the Holocaust while at school".

The survey also found that most believe there is still strong anti-semitic sentiment in the United States today, more than 70 years after the Holocaust.

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Netanyahu drew comparisons between the Nazi Regime and present-day Iran, issuing a stern warning to "not test the determination of the State of Israel".

"On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, it is vital to open a dialogue on the state of Holocaust awareness so that the lessons learned inform the next generation". An innovative programme at the Illinois Holocaust Museum recorded elderly survivors telling their story in front of greenscreens, transforming them into holograms which now speak to thousands of visitors at the museum. A February report from the Southern Poverty Law Center claimed that the number of hate groups in the US has increased by 20 percent over the past three years.

See photos of Israelis remembering the Holocaust below.

Data was collected and analyzed by Schoen Consulting with a representative sample of 1350 American adults via landline, cell-phone, and online interviews.

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