Recently, CNN held a poll in order to observe how Europeans viewed the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Jews. The survey result shows that over one fifth of the participants consider Jews to have great amount of authority in global politics and finance. Still, more than one-third of the participants stated that they don’t have much fact concerning the death of six million Jews that took place during the 1930s to 1940s under the Nazi regime.
ComRes, a polltaker, carried out the survey on behalf of CNN. There were over 7,000 participants from all over Europe for the poll.The survey was carried out before the deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. It is the deadliest attack against the Jews in the United States. Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center stated that it was disturbed by the findings of the poll, as it focused on the bit of anti-Semitic feelings among Europeans.
Isaac Herzog, the Jewish Agency’s leader, made it evident that anti-Semitism must be abolished before it changes into a pandemic.
According to the poll, one out of twenty participants didn’t know about the existence of the Holocaust. The French youth especially lack knowledge about the Holocaust. Data from the poll showed that 1 out of 5 individuals between the age group 18 – 34 never came across the term Holocaust in their lives. Austria came up with the highest figures when the question of lack of information regarding the Holocaust comes.
32% of Europeans and 50% of Poles holds Jews use the Holocaust to attain personal goals. About half the participants claimed they knew a little bit when it comes to the Holocaust. However, when it comes to in-depth information, only 1 out of every 5 participants had this knowledge. In Poland, 80% of the participants accept that Nazis created the deadliest concentration camp in Auschwitz.