Memoria [EN] No. 14 (11/2018) | Page 4

Antisemitic stereotypes are alive and well in Europe, while the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade, a sweeping new survey  by CNN reveals. More than a quarter of Europeans polled believe Jews have too much influence in business and finance.  Nearly one in four said Jews have too much influence in conflict and wars across the world.

One in five said they have too much influence in the media and the same number believe Jewish people have too much influence in politics.

Meanwhile, a third of Europeans in the poll said they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust, the mass murder of some six million Jews in lands controlled by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s.

"The results of the poll show that there is a need to include elements concerning knowledge about the Holocaust not only in the teaching of history but also in the curricula of other subjects in different stages of education," said Auschwitz Memorial Director Dr Piotr Cywiński. "It must also be analyzed while dealing with contemporary challenges during ethics, religion, political sciences, media or civic education classes.

"The antisemitic or xenophobic ideologies that in the past led to the human catastrophe of Auschwitz seem not to be erased from our lives today. They still poison people’s minds and influence our contemporary attitudes in social, political, ethical, and other aspects."




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