Holocaust survivor speaks to large crowd at Rockford University

Holocaust survivor speaks to large crowd at Rockford University

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 study, released on Thursday by The Conference Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, studied the awareness of American adults and millennial about the events of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study found that 58 percent of Americans believe that something like the Holocaust could happen again.

The Jewish Community Federation holds annual lectures to celebrate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"We must remember these atrocities from generation to generation to help ensure that they are never repeated", Little said.

Just under a third (31 percent) of those surveyed do not believe that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust and think the real death toll is at least 2 million lower.

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While 41 percent of all US adults were able to identify Auschwitz, two-thirds of millennials polled - 66 percent - could not identify the infamous death camp. Meanwhile, a research project started in 2000 by investigators with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, found in 2013 that from 15 to 20 million people had died or been imprisoned at a range of Holocaust-related sites. Sixty-eight percent of USA adults said antisemitism exists today and 34 percent said there are many neo-Nazis now present in the U.S.

Asked to identify what Auschwitz is, 41 percent of American adults as a whole and 66 percent of millennials could not come up with a correct response identifying it as a concentration camp or extermination camp.

"This study underscores the importance of Holocaust education in our schools", said Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference.

Claims Conference President Julius Berman expressed concern about the lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among millennials.

"Our meeting here is a great honor, but also a testimony to the great tragedy that has taken place here, we are meeting here at the March of the Living as a testimony to the memory of the Holocaust of the Jews", Rivlin said.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.