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One in ten young Americans think Jews caused the Holocaust: survey

Raleigh: About one in 10 young adults in America think Jewish people caused the Holocaust, a new survey finds.

And 10 per cent of people in that age group say they don’t believe that the Holocaust happened or aren’t sure that it took place, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said in results published on Wednesday, US time.

The main entrance at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, with the inscription, 'Arbeit Macht Frei', which translates into English as '"Work will set you Free".

The main entrance at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, with the inscription, ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’, which translates into English as ‘”Work will set you Free”.Credit:AP

The findings come as almost half of Millennials and people in Generation Z reported seeing “Holocaust denial or distortion posts on social media” or elsewhere online, the results show. The Holocaust occurred around World War II, when the German Nazis killed millions of people who were primarily Jewish as well as lesser numbers of other minorities.

In the United States, “there is a clear lack of awareness of key historical facts; 63 per cent of all national survey respondents do not know that six million Jews were murdered and 36 per cent thought that ‘two million or fewer Jews’ were killed during the Holocaust,” the Claims Conference said.

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