Survey across 7 countries finds over a third know little or nothing about Holocaust, while 32% say Jews use genocide’s memory to advance their interests

A survey of European people’s attitudes towards Jews, anti-Semitism, and memory of the Holocaust has found that over one-fifth of them believe that Jewish people have too much influence in finance and politics, while over a third admitted that they knew nothing at all or “just a little” about the Nazi regime’s murder of six million Jews during World War II.

The survey, published Tuesday, drew alarm from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center, which said it was troubled “that many entrenched hateful anti-Semitic tropes persist in European civilization.” The leader of the Jewish Agency, Isaac Herzog, said anti-Semitism was a “disease” that “must be fought before it spreads, and becomes a pandemic” and called for increased Holocaust studies in European schools.

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