Holocaust Memorial Day celebrated locally

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"In a time of rising anti-Semitism and in the face of the dark regimes of our day, the worldwide community must act aggressively and with determination to ensure that such things never happen again", he said.

"Numbers of people who are traveling to sites like Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the memorial museum there, are actually reaching record numbers still", Best says.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 12, 2018, so Little said it was appropriate to schedule the commemoration at the Freeholders' last public meeting before the actual day.

Organizers say the lecture series was started more than 50 years ago by local Holocaust survivor, Helen Sperling.

Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans were unable to name a single concentration camp, and the number was even worse for millennials (49 percent). Two-thirds of Millennials (66%) had no idea what Auschwitz was.

"Not for nothing we describe the death camps as the camps of Nazis and their helpers", Rivlin said.

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These figures are especially concerning given the reported rise in hate group numbers, activity and confidence in recent years.

"The desire to be able to provide students and visitors with an educational experience is driving a desire to use new technology in innovative ways, to recover the sense of immediacy that we're going to lose", Reynolds says.

Around two-thirds (68 percent) of Americans believe there is anti-Semitism in the US today, and a majority (51 percent) think there is either a great deal of (17 percent) or many (34 percent) neo-Nazis in the country today.

"On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, it is vital to open a dialogue on the state of Holocaust awareness so that the lessons learned inform the next generation", Claims Conference President Julius Berman said in a statement.

The survey's respondents also indicated anti-Semitism and neo-Nazi remain issues today, with more than half saying they believe there are many neo-Nazis in the USA. The study included 1,350 interviews with Americans aged 18 and over.

Let us continue to come together to remember all the innocent lives lost in the Holocaust, pay tribute to those intrepid individuals who resisted the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto, and recall those selfless heroes who risked their lives in order to help or save those of their persecuted neighbors. Respondents were selected at random and constituted a demographically representative sample of the adult population in the United States.

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