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More than 220,000 Holocaust survivors now live in Israel, according to the Israeli Finance Ministry.

The study, released on Thursday by The Conference Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, studied the awareness of American adults and millennial about the events of the Holocaust.

Also, while the vast majority of historians believe that approximately six million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust, almost one-third of all Americans (31%) and more than four-in-ten Millennials (41%) believe that only two million Jews or fewer were killed in the Holocaust. "We are alarmed that today's generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities", claims Conference President Julius Berman said in a statement.

Israel's president on Thursday said there was a "deep disagreement" between his country and Poland over the Holocaust and called on Warsaw to study its history - an allusion to the responsibility of some Poles for the deaths of Jews.


"This exhibit is unlike any others in the world, where students can actually hold and touch historical artifacts", said Charlie Tierney, the assistant head of NMH.

Students asked many questions.

The Jewish prayer for the dead preceded the lighting of candles in memory of those killed in the concentration camps, and the reading of a tiny fraction of the six million names.

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Also in attendance were Zohara Boyd and Peter Petschauer, both retired professors with very different histories.

But only about 300,000 survived WWII after Nazi Germany occupied Poland. Petschauer's father was a former German officer who reportedly tried to volunteer for the army on multiple occasions, and worked in administrative roles for the Nazi regime. "They also persecuted and murdered millions of other Europeans, including Roma and Sinti Gypsies, persons with mental and physical disabilities, Slavs and other minorities, Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, gays, and political dissidents".

Though 96% of respondents said the Holocaust took place, 31% believe a maximum of 2 million Jews were killed, well under the actual figure of about 6 million, reports the New York Times. He's backed by survey respondents, 93% of whom said it was important to teach about the Holocaust in schools.

Certain states - California, Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, and NY - have some form of legislation mandating a certain degree of Holocaust education in public schools.

Reuven Rivlin's remarks were aimed at a controversial new Polish law that was meant to protect Poland from false accusations of complicity in the Holocaust, but has drawn strong criticism from Israel, Ukraine and the United States.

Editor's note: This author is an associate of Danny Spungen's.