Shocking US Survey Reveals Need for Holocaust Education

April 12, 2018

Media Statement

Toronto (April 12, 2018) - A US survey released today discloses shocking findings on Holocaust awareness and knowledge among adults, particularly millennials, revealing a continued need for more Holocaust education inside schools.

According to the study, nearly one-third of Americans believe less than two million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, two-thirds of millennials could not identify Auschwitz, and 22 per cent of millennials stated they have never or are not sure if they’ve heard of the Holocaust.

“As we witness growing antisemitism worldwide, there is an ongoing need for Holocaust education not only for students, but adults as well,” said Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “Governments must invest in increasing and improving Holocaust education, while schools and educators need to see the importance of this type of education, making sure it’s part of the curriculum and providing appropriate resources to students to expand their awareness and knowledge.”

The survey also revealed that 93 per cent of adults believe students should learn about the Holocaust at school, while 80 per cent say the Holocaust needs to be taught to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

FSWC offers Holocaust education daily through the Tour for Humanity and educational workshops aimed at informing students about the history of the Holocaust and inspiring them to stand up against the same hate that led to the Holocaust. Professionals such as educators and law enforcement are also offered resources and courses to help bring Holocaust education into their classrooms and services.

Media Contact:

Avital Borisovsky  
Communications Associate    
416.864.9735 x 29


Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is a top Jewish human rights foundation in Canada's organized Jewish community. It directly impacts over 100,000 people each year and 500,000+ peripherally. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at

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