AUGUSTA – An alarming new survey found many Millennials and those in Generation Z don’t know the significance of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust is known to be the world’s deadliest genocide in history. Nearly six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.
And younger generations appear to know little about it.
“It is so scary to see that some of the young people survey are believing absolute lies and that is anti-Semitism, and anti-Jewish, prejudice, and we are seeing that on the rise here in our country,” said Shenna Bellows, executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.
According to the Claims Conference state by state survey, about 11% of those in the Millennial and Generation Z age group incorrectly believed the Jews caused the Holocaust.
Bellows believed it’s a moral responsibility for the youth to know what happened during that time period.
“This is hard history, but there are excellent tools where teachers bring this into the classroom at an age appropriate level, and we have tools right here in Augusta, and at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center,” said Bellows.
“The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine has workshops to help teachers have a conversation about anti-Semitism in a classroom and confronting all forms of bias and prejudice, because that’s very dangerous. Those beliefs that prejudice leads to targeting of Jewish groups,” said Bellows.
Maine does not offer mandatory Holocaust education in schools.
Bellows believes now is the time to educate students on the historical massacre and never forget what happened.