Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study also found that a significant majority of American adults believe that fewer people care about the Holocaust today than they used to, and pointed to critical gaps in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust. One is that major knowledge gaps exist - for example, 45% of all adults can not name a concentration camp or ghetto - but the other is a broad consensus that learning the history of the Holocaust is important.

"We ask all Ocean County residents to pause with us and remember the victims of the Holocaust", said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little.

The commemoration also will feature community prayers and readings led by rabbis of the Schenectady synagogues, and a lighting of candles in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

Holocaust survivor Sonja Maier Geismar will share her journey escaping the Nazis on Wednesday, April 11 as the keynote speaker for St. Francis College's annual Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, event.

More than 213,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today, many of them below the poverty line, according to survivors' groups.

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According to the most restrictive data on the Holocaust, provided by Adolf Eichmann, one of the Holocaust's architects, the overall death toll stands at 6 million Jews.

The notorious Auschwitz concentration camp was located in German-occupied Poland, but 41% of Americans and 66% of millennials, could not identify the camp.

Claims Conference President Julius Berman expressed concern about the lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among millennials. More than half of the survey's respondents said their Holocaust education was mostly historically accurate but could have been better.

While 3.5 million of Jews killed were from Poland, only 37% of Americans could identify Poland as a country where the Holocaust occurred. "There remain troubling gaps in Holocaust awareness while survivors are still with us; imagine when there are no longer survivors here to tell their stories". The percentage increased to 41% among millennials, defined as those aged 18 to 34. Respondents were selected randomly and reflected the demographics of the American adult population, it said.

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