According to the article, “First-Ever 50-State Survey on Holocaust Knowledge of American Millennials and Gen Z Reveals Shocking Results,” Gideon Taylor, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), recently released the results of a survey that tested the Holocaust knowledge of American Millennials and Gen Z members. The results were disturbing:  63% of all respondents did not know about the Holocaust and 36% thought only 2 million, not 6 million, Jews were murdered.

“The results are both shocking and saddening and they underscore why we must act now while Holocaust survivors are still with us to voice their stories,” said Gideon Taylor. “We need to understand why we aren’t doing better in educating a younger generation about the Holocaust and the lessons of the past. This needs to serve as a wake-up call to us all, and as a road map of where government officials need to act.”  

For the past 14 years, BRTC has been collaborating with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to educate its students and community members about the Holocaust. BRTC is striving to support the museum’s mission of â€œNever Again: What You Do Matters.”

BRTC recently hosted its annual Holocaust Survivors Series virtually. Agi Geva, Holocaust survivor and the guest speaker, spoke about her experience in Auschwitz and a small labor camp in Rochlitz, Germany.  She spoke to over 500 adults, college and school students.

To see the survey results, visit http://www.claimscon.org/millennial-study/. For more information about BRTC’s Holocaust Survivor Series visithttp://blackrivertech.org/about/community/brtc-foundation/foundation-events/holocaust-survivor-series.

Photo: Agi Geva

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Black River Technical College is a 2-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould, which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education.  The College houses one of the state’s law enforcement training academies (LETA) and fire science academies.  BRTC has 2,500 full- and part-time students.

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