Poll: One in 20 Britons Don’t Believe in Holocaust

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -
A visitor at the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czech Republic, Thursday. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

A new poll has found that one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust took place.

The poll of more than 2,000 people released Sunday also found that nearly two-thirds of those polled either did not know how many Jews had been murdered in World War II or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust.

The survey was carried out by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman called the results worrisome.

She said that “the Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilization and has implications for us all … such widespread ignorance and even denial is shocking.”

Sunday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and events are scheduled throughout Britain as well as around the world. Organizers of a ceremony in London say the event also acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and 40 years since the end of genocide in Cambodia.