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24 out of 50 states mandate
and 17 states support holocaust education as part of their secondary school curriculum
Claims Conference
Conference on Jewish Material claims against germany
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Map and information courtesy of

Echoes and Reflections

https://echoesandreflections.org/interactive-map/

As of Dec 2022, 20 states mandate Holocaust education, 5 have permissive statutes (legislation that is not a requirement), 17 support a Holocaust education commission or task force, 4 have legislation pending, and 14 have no legislation regarding Holocaust education (note: some states may fall into multiple categories).

The Claims Conference in 2018 released a comprehensive national survey of Holocaust awareness and knowledge among adults in the United States.

  • 66% of US millennials did not know what Auschwitz was

  • 4 in 10 millennials thought 2 million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust (actual number is over 6 million)

  • Eight out of ten respondents say it is important to keep teaching about the Holocaust so it does not happen again

  • The survey demonstrated wide gaps in younger American's knowledge of the genocide while also showing a concerning 15% of millennials and Gen Zers thought holding neo-Nazi views was acceptable.

Almost two-thirds of millennials, Gen Z don't know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, survey finds

Ryan W. Miller

USA TODAY September 16, 2020 

ACCORDING TO SURVEY OF ADULTS 18-39, 23% SAID THEY BELIEVED THE HOLOCAUST WAS A MYTH

Harriet Sherwood

Wed 16 Sep 2020 00.01 EDT

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FACTS

11 million people were killed during the Holocaust (1.1 million children)

6 million of those victims were Jewish

 Other groups targeted: 

(according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

  • Roma (Gypsies)

  • People with disabilities

  • Slavic peoples (especially Poles and Russians)

  • Communists

  • Socialists

  • Jehovah's Witnesses

  • Homosexuals

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