Friday, February 10, 2023

New AJC survey: 11% of young Americans think Jews caused the Holocaust; US Jews are hiding their Jewishness (video)

Yesterday, the UN hosted an event on Globalizing Efforts to Combat Antisemitism. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff gave the keynote, and prominent names in the field of antisemitism studies spoke.

One of the speakers was Ted Deutch,  chief executive officer of the American Jewish Committee, who highlighted a survey that the AJC will release next week.

He noted some of the findings:

63% of them do not know that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.
Nearly half cannot name a single concentration camp or death camp.
Eleven percent of American Millennials and Gen Zs said Jews caused the Holocaust.

These seem to be identical to the survey done in 2020 by the Claims Conference, so I assume that the numbers came from there. (In that survey, 20% of young New York State residents believed that Jews were responsible for their own genocide!)

But Deutch added that the AJC survey found a dramatic increase in the number of American Jews who feel less secure than they did a year ago,  and an increase in the number of US Jews who have changed their behavior to avoid going to places where they believe that their Jewishness could cause a problem for them.

Deutch noted how easily antisemitism is spread on social media and urged social media companies to enforce their own policies.

Here are the highlights of his comments.

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