Schoen Consulting conducted the February 23-28 survey of 1,350 US adults by phone and online.
After a week in Poland, where they have been visiting sites such as the Warsaw Ghetto, viewing once-vibrant synagogues and speaking with Holocaust survivors, most will fly to Israel in time to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country's founding, which begins at sundown on April 18. According to the organization's survey, almost one-third of all Americans (31%) and more than 4-in-10 Millennials (41%) believe that two million or fewer Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.
Poland was once home to Europe's largest Jewish population, numbering around three million people, or 10 percent of the population in 1939.
The Jewish prayer for the dead preceded the lighting of candles in memory of those killed in the concentration camps, and the reading of a tiny fraction of the six million names.
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Schaecter broke down as he told the audience that of the six million Jewish Holocaust victims, a million and a half of them were children. Students then researched and developed questions personal to their survivor's experience, resulting in a student-created short film based on their interviews with the survivor. When visitors step onto the tracks, the app, using geocaching technology, will pull up videos of Philadelphia residents "who were on those very trains that led to Treblinka", said Eszter Kutas, the remembrance foundation's acting director.
"There are critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust, and there is a broad-based consensus that schools must be responsible for providing comprehensive Holocaust education", wrote Claims Conference, also self-described as The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Visitors to the IL museum's Take a Stand Center first watch a five-minute film in which a survivor introduces him- or herself.
In her opening remarks, Tali Naor, president of SHEM, said, "All of us sitting here in this room are living proof that the Nazis were wrong. We appreciate the internal examination, and for the soul-searching of Polish society", Rivlin said. They visited an exhibition headlined Mirror of Generations.
"Am I arguing we should be complacent about Holocaust education?"