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The Holocaust, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, had wiped out two-thirds of European Jews, and millions of other targeted minorities, by the time World War II ended. Huge numbers have been gassed in horror camps, like Auschwitz.
Greg Schneider of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, told NBC:
“The most important lesson is that we can’t waste any more time. If we allow these trends to continue for another generation, the crucial lessons of this terrible part of history could be lost. ”
Equally concerning is the number of people who believe that the Holocaust never happened. Only nine in ten respondents said they believed it had actually happened, with seven percent unsure and three percent believing it had not happened.
Emory University professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies Deborah Lipstadt told NBC:
“There is no doubt that Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitism. And when we don’t actively remember the facts of what happened, we risk a situation where prejudice and anti-Semitism will encroach upon those facts.
Among the problems, experts fear, are the easily visible examples of Nazi symbolism, as well as Holocaust denial, online. Of those polled, 56% said they had seen Nazi symbols either on social media or in their own community since 2015.