Editorial: Survey finds ignorance of Holocaust is widespread

Staff Editorial

According to a survey published in The Guardian, 23 percent of adults aged 18-39, “believed the Holocaust was a myth, had been exaggerated or they weren’t sure.”

Other results of the survey found that nearly half of participants could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto established during World War II and one in eight had never even heard of the Holocaust or were unsure if they had heard of it.

Additionally, nearly half of participants had been exposed to Holocaust denial expressed on social media or elsewhere.

We at The Daily Eastern News believe that it is extremely important for people to educate themselves on the Holocaust and its effects. Many people do not learn enough about it in schools and must do research on their own.

Around 11 million people were murdered during the Holocaust, and more than 6 million of them were Jewish. Not understanding or acknowledging this tremendous loss does a disservice to everyone that died and their families.

The Holocaust is real. It actually happened. It is not a myth or an exaggeration.

We need to reverse the recent trend that has seen Holocaust denial surge and education of the Holocaust dwindle.

It is vastly important to remember the past, no matter how painful, so we can make help prevent tragedies from happening again.