Many young German know according to a CNN poll, hardly anything about the Holocaust. Of the respondents in the age group of 18 to 34, about 40 percent said, “to know little” or “nothing” about it. Overall, a third (33 per cent) thought the Europeans interviewed for his level of knowledge is correspondingly low. About one in 20. Europeans has heard of the study that never even seen something about the systematic extermination of the Jews by the national socialists.

The Figures emerge from a study of the US American TV channel CNN, conducted by the market research Institute ComRes. Were surveyed more than 7,000 people, including more than 1,000 each in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Hungary, the UK and Sweden.

The respondents in the study of anti-Semitism in Europe were, according to CNN differently about Israel. A majority of 54 percent is, therefore, of the view that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state. A third believes that criticism of Israel is often motivated by anti-Semitism. A third said, however, Israel use the Holocaust as a justification for his actions.

Many of the respondents are of the view that anti-Semitism in their own country is a growing Problem. 40 percent of respondents said that Jews were threatened in their countries of racial violence.

The study also shows that old prejudices seem to be still very present. More than a quarter of Europeans interviewed consider that the Jews have to the world a lot of influence on the business and financial, it said. Further, one out of five respondents said that Jews had too great an influence in politics and in the media.

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The anti-Semitism commissioned by the Federal government, Felix Klein, described the results as “alarming”, however, is not surprising. They were consistent with the results of other studies. “I think it is the combating of anti-Semitism for elementary, the memory of the Holocaust alive and to promote a lively culture of remembrance.”

The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem was concerned, in view of the apparently widespread ignorance about the Holocaust. The study also shows that “many deep-rooted, hate-filled anti-Semitic expressions in the European population, 75 years after the Holocaust, continue to exist”.