Almost half of all Canadians imagine the USA has a Nazi downside, in accordance with a survey on Holocaust remembrance launched Thursday.
It’s no thriller the place they bought that notion. Final yr, a gaggle of neo-Nazis acquired the red-carpet therapy from U.S. regulation enforcement as they traveled to Washington for a rally. A revered Holocaust scholar severely in contrast sure American elected officers to these in Germany in the course of the rise of the Nazis. And Individuals re-elected a white supremacist congressman mere days after an anti-Semitic gunman murdered Jewish worshippers in Pennsylvania.
In line with the survey, 47 p.c of Canadian respondents mentioned there are a “nice deal” of or “many” neo-Nazis within the U.S. Solely 17 p.c mentioned there are a “nice deal” of or “many” neo-Nazis in their very own nation.
The Azrieli Basis and the Convention on Jewish Materials Claims In opposition to Germany polled Canadian adults with questions concerning the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, releasing the outcomes about 9 months after an analogous survey of Individuals.
Like their northern neighbors, Individuals additionally noticed a Nazi downside within the U.S., in accordance with the sooner survey. A complete of 51 p.c mentioned there are a “nice deal” of or “many” neo-Nazis of their nation.
The outcomes of the U.S. survey sparked alarm, together with for the discovering that two-thirds of American millennials didn’t know what Auschwitz was. Individuals as an entire didn’t fare a lot better, with 41 p.c being unable to determine the Nazi jail camp.
Because it seems, Canadians’ data of the Holocaust just isn’t a lot better. In line with the brand new survey, 52 p.c of Canadian millennials and 49 p.c of all Canadians couldn’t identify one Nazi jail camp.
Whereas the outcomes of the 2 surveys present an ignorance of certainly one of Western civilization’s biggest atrocities, pollsters word that ― at the very least within the U.S. ― Holocaust consciousness has been close to these ranges for a few a long time already.
Maybe recognizing the data hole, giant majorities in each the U.S. and Canada mentioned they help Holocaust training in faculties.
The survey of Canadians was performed Sept. 1-Eight, 2018, by Schoen Consulting, utilizing a mix of cellphone calls and responses from a web-based panel.