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One in five young Germans does not know that Auschwitz was a Nazi death
camp, a new poll revealed Wednesday, just days before the international
Holocaust memorial day.
While 90 percent of the 1,002 surveyed by the German weekly magazine, Stern,
said they were aware that Auschwitz was a concentration camp, 21% of
those between 18-30 said they had never heard of the place.
addition, nearly a third of those questioned about the death camp -
where more than 1,000,000 people were killed at the hands of the Nazi
regime - were unaware that the camp was located in Poland, according to
The poll comes after the German government released on Monday the findings of a two-year inquiry
into modern anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic, demonstrating that
latent anti-Semitism affects one in every five Germans.
The 202-page study, titled "Anti-Semitism in Germany," covered a wide
spectrum, including hatred of the Jewish state within the Left movement,
as well as Islamic loathing of Israel and Jews, particularly by Iran's
regime and the Turkish media.Benjamin Weinthal contributed to this report.