Almost a quarter of young people in the Netherlands are Holocaust deniers or think it is exaggerated

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Almost a quarter of them Dutch where cborn after 1980 believe that the Holocaust is a myth or that the number of its victims is grossly overestimatedaccording research which was released today.

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The Netherlands is one of the six countries in which research was carried out on the knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust by the Claims Conference, a non-profit organization that strives to secure substantial compensation for Holocaust survivors. The other five countries are Austria, Canada, France, Britain and the USA.

In interviews with 2,000 people over the age of 18, 12% of respondents in the Netherlands believe the Holocaust is a myth or exaggerated – the highest percentage among the countries surveyed.

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This rises to 23% for those born after 1980, the survey found, compared with 15% in the US and Britain.

This is not only very shocking, it is also very serious…As a society, we have a lot of work to do. And we have to do it quickly,” Dutch Justice Minister Dylan Jesylgosz-Zegerius said on her Twitter account.

Gillian Taylor, president of the Claims Conference, said in a statement that the findings are part of a growing trend. “In one survey after another, we keep seeing one a decline in knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust. Equally worrying is the tendency towards denial and distortion,” he said.

The Holocaustas APE-MPE notes, was the genocide of Jews in Europe during World War II. From 1941 to 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered six million Jews throughout German-occupied Europe. In the Netherlands alone, there was an estimated population of nearly 150,000 Jews before World War II began in 1939. About75% of this population was murdered.

In response to these findings, the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank Foundation called for more Holocaust education in schools. Anne Frank is known around the world for the diary she kept while in hiding during the Nazi occupation. Published after her death at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen camp.

Source: News Beast

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