Three-quarters in UK don’t know how many Jews were killed in the ...

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Three-quarters in UK don’t know how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust

Despite general awareness of the genocide, survey shows concerning gaps in public knowledge

Adam Blenford

More than half of people in the UK do not know that 6-million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, with almost one quarter believing the figure was as low as 2-million, according to a nationwide survey of Holocaust awareness.

The findings — showing that 52% did not know the total death toll, and 22% put it at 2-million — were published by Claims Conference, a nonprofit organisation that negotiates with Germany to secure reparations for Holocaust survivors around the world. Previous surveys carried out by the group in France, Austria, Canada, and the US revealed similar confusion over the scale of the Nazi atrocities.

The figures were released on the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” that saw Jewish people, homes, businesses and places of worship attacked by Nazis and sympathisers across Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in former Czechoslovakia. Despite high levels of basic awareness of the Holocaust — running at 89% in the UK — Claims Conference officials said there were concerning gaps in public knowledge and a focus on education is vital...

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