Nearly a quarter of Dutch individuals born after 1980 imagine the Holocaust was a fable or that the quantity of its victims was significantly exaggerated, in response to a survey.
The Netherlands is one of six nations surveyed on Holocaust consciousness by Claims Conference, a non-revenue organisation that works to safe materials compensation for Holocaust survivors.
The others had been Austria, Canada, France, Britain and the United States.
Interviews with 2,000 individuals over 18 confirmed that 12% of respondents within the Netherlands believed the Holocaust was a fable or exaggerated – the best among the many nations surveyed.
This determine rose to 23% for these born after 1980, in response to the survey, in comparison with 15% within the United States and Britain.
“This is not only very shocking, it is also very serious (…) As a society, we have a lot of work to do. And we have to do it fast,” Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius mentioned on her Twitter account in response to the survey.
Gideon Taylor, Claims Conference President, mentioned in a assertion that the findings had been half of a rising pattern.
“Survey after survey, we continue to witness a decline in Holocaust knowledge and awareness. Equally disturbing is the trend towards Holocaust denial and distortion,” he mentioned.
The statue ‘Kindertransport – Channel Crossing to Life’, which was designed by one of the youngsters saved throughout the Holocaust – Israeli architect and sculptor Frank Meisler – in Hoek van Holland, Netherlands
The Holocaust, also called the Shoah, was the genocide of European Jews throughout World War II.
Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews throughout German-occupied Europe.
In the Netherlands alone, there was an estimated inhabitants of near 150,000 Jews earlier than earlier than World War II began in 1939. Some 75% of that inhabitants was murdered.
Memorial brass plates bearing the names of these killed by the Nazis within the metropolis of Nijmegen throughout WWII
Responding to the findings, the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank Foundation made a plea for extra Holocaust schooling in faculties.
Anne Frank is understood the world over for the diary she saved whereas dwelling in hiding throughout the Nazi occupation.
It was printed after her loss of life at Bergen Belsen camp aged 15.
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