Sunday, January 27, 2019
Survey: 1 in 20 UK Adults Don't Believe Holocaust Happened
1 in 20 UK adults don't believe the Holocaust took place, a survey reveals, while 1 in 12 believes the scale has been exaggerated.
Almost 2-3rds of respondents (64%) either couldn't say how many Jews were murdered or "grossly" under-estimated the number, a survey of more than 2,000 people by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) found.
5% fell into the "Holocaust denial" category, while 8% said it had been exaggerated, the survey reveals. At least 6 million Jews died.
"Such widespread ignorance and even denial's shocking," said HMDT chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman. "Without a basic understanding of this recent history, we're in danger of failing to learn where a lack of respect for difference and hostility to others can ultimately lead… We can't be complacent."
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people, including survivors, politicians and members of the public, will gather to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and remember its 6 million Jewish victims.
Over 11,000 activities are expected to take place, while ceremonies will be held in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland across the day.
UK Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, who'll be speaking at Sunday’s event, said: "It remains essential now as ever to remember the Holocaust, to understand why it happened and to learn the stark lessons it gives.
"We must never forget where hatred and bigotry can lead."
He added: "This Government's clear that anti-Semitism has no place in our society and we all have a role to play in confronting hatred and extremism whenever and wherever it occurs."
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