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Ceremony in New City remembers lives lost in the Holocaust

Ceremony in New City remembers lives lost in the Holocaust

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.

The ceremony will feature a lesson about Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who risked her life by coordinating a network that saved a large number of Jewish children from the Holocaust in German Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

The survey shows that 70 percent of Americans believe people care less about the Holocaust than they used to.

Also, while the vast majority of historians believe that approximately six million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust, almost one-third of all Americans (31%) and more than four-in-ten Millennials (41%) believe that only two million Jews or fewer were killed in the Holocaust. This was true for 41 percent of millennials.

According to the CBS, there are approximately 14.5 million Jews in the world, compared to 16.6 million in 1939 when World War II began. In many homes, businesses, and offices, people stopped their activity and stood still to remember the victims of the Nazi genocide.

"Numbers of people who are traveling to sites like Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the memorial museum there, are actually reaching record numbers still", Best says.

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Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans were unable to name a single concentration camp, and the number was even worse for millennials (49 percent). And, while 41% of respondents overall did not know what Auschwitz was, that figure was 66% among Millennials. A February report from the Southern Poverty Law Center claimed that the number of hate groups in the US has increased by 20 percent over the past three years.

"The desire to be able to provide students and visitors with an educational experience is driving a desire to use new technology in innovative ways, to recover the sense of immediacy that we're going to lose", Reynolds says. Sixty-eight percent of US adults said antisemitism exists today and 34 percent said there are many neo-Nazis now present in the U.S. "The survey buttresses that", Schneider says.

Respondents indicated much more awareness of modern-day bias against Jews, with 68 percent saying anti-Semitism is present in America today, and 51 percent saying there are "many" or "a great deal of" neo-Nazis in the United States today.

Claims Conference President Julius Berman expressed concern about the lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among millennials. "We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities".

The group's executive vice president, Greg Schneider, said the study's findings highlighted the importance of Holocaust education.

The Claims Conference said its results are based on a representative sample of 1,350 American adults interviewed by phone and online.