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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Some 'Shocking' Poll Results

1 in 20 Brits don't believe it even happened
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2019 11:57 AM CST
A young man stands in front of the Holocaust Memorial after he laid down a red rose on a slab of the memorial to commemorate the victims of the Nazis in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The International...   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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About 50 survivors of Auschwitz have marked the 74th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp. It's an event now observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which also acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and 40 years since the end of genocide in Cambodia, reports the AP. Poland's prime minister and the ambassadors of Israel and Russia attended Sunday's official ceremonies at site of the former camp, where several survivors gave testimony from years of terror at Auschwitz. One recalled the smell of burning flesh upon arrival at the camp.

Some 6 million Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler's forces during the Nazi occupation of Europe, but a poll of more than 2,000 British adults released Sunday found that nearly two-thirds either did not know how many Jews had been murdered in World War II or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust. One in 20 adults do not believe the Holocaust took place. The survey was carried out by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, whose CEO called "such widespread ignorance and even denial ... shocking." Meanwhile, Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs says 2018 saw a record number of worldwide anti-Semitic attacks: 13 Jews were murdered in fatal attacks in 2018, the highest number since the wave of attacks on Argentinian Jews in the 1990s.

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