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These children from Auschwitz were liberated by the Red Army in January 1945

AJC Survey: Half of Americans Don’t Know How Many Jews Were Killed in Holocaust

Most American adults know when the Holocaust happened and are familiar with Auschwitz, but fewer are knowledgeable about the number of Jews murdered and how Hitler came to power in Germany, according to a new American Jewish Committee (AJC) public opinion survey.

Only 53 percent of Americans over the age of 18 answered correctly that approximately six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, while 20 percent replied they were not sure, 13 percent chose approximately three million, and 11 percent chose more than 12 million.

The survey, released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, was based on questions asked of a sample of 1,004 adults from the general population, and was included as part of a larger national AJC survey of the general U.S. population on anti-Semitism.

“Lacking knowledge can open pathways to trivialization and denial of the Holocaust that also contribute to rising anti-Semitism,” said AJC CEO Ted Deutch.

“As we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 78 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, it is imperative that Americans continue to learn about the most documented, planned genocide in modern history – the Nazi extermination of one-third of the Jewish people.” (INN / VFI News)

“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” - Proverbs 18:15