Statement: New Survey Highlights Need for More Holocaust Education in Maine

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September 16, 2020

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New Survey Highlights Need for More Holocaust Education in Maine

AUGUSTA – A new survey released today by the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) revealed an alarming number of young adults in Maine lack awareness and knowledge of the facts of the Holocaust. Maine ranked 4th in the nation for Holocaust knowledge but 62% of those surveyed “Did not know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust,” and 25% “Can’t name a concentration camp or ghetto.”

HHRC Executive Director issued the following statement in response: 

“This underscores the very real need for Holocaust education right here in Maine and why the state and our schools need to invest in educating future generations about this dark chapter of genocide in human history. For 35 years, the HHRC has been doing this work and our educators are available virtually to work with teachers all across the state.”

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