One in 20 Britons “does not believe” Holocaust took place, poll finds

(www.theguardian.com)

One in 20 British adults does not believe the Holocaust happened, and 8% say that the scale of the genocide has been exaggerated, according to a poll marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

Almost half of those questioned said they did not know how many Jews were murdered in Nazi death camps, and one in five grossly underestimated the number, saying that fewer than two million were killed. At least six million Jews died. […] That poll found that one in three people knew little or nothing about the Holocaust, and an average of 5% said they had never heard of it. In France, 20% of those aged 18-34 said they had never heard of the Holocaust; in Austria, the figure was 12%. A survey in the US last year found that 9% of millennials said they had not heard, or did not think they had heard, of the Holocaust.

This is highly suspect. People in Europe who “have never heard of the Holocaust”? Those who answered that way are either trolling or lying. You can’t go more than a fortnight without the topic being referred to in the press, particularly with “the left” becoming more aware of the facist pockets of the population.

I have a lot of thoughts on the scale of the horror, but no evidence to back anything up1. It’s easy to understand why some would doubt the numbers, though, as humans are very bad about remembering a past we did not live through ourselves.


  1. I generally feel that we’ll never know the true scale due to the number of families that were completely wiped out. A lot of records about citizens were destroyed. There are bound to be more victims.