New Survey by CNN Puts the Spotlight on Anti-Semitism Stereotyping in Europe

Poll Shows Europeans Believe Jews have Too Much Worldwide Influence

CNN held a poll to take a look at how Europeans viewed the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Jews. Their survey showed more than one-fifth of the participants believe Jews have immense amounts of influence in global politics and finance. On the other hand, more than one-third of the individuals stated they didn’t have much information regarding the death of six million Jews during the 1930s to the 1940s under the Nazi regime.

ComRes, a pollster, conducted the survey on behalf of CNN. There were more than 7,000 participants in the poll all over Europe. ComRes approached individuals from Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Poland, Great Britain, and France.

The survey took place before the deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, which killed 11 people, making it the deadliest attack to take place against the Jews in the United States.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center stated it was troubled by the findings of this poll, as it highlighted the remnants of anti-Semitic feelings among Europeans. Isaac Herzog, the Jewish Agency’s leader, made it clear anti-Semitism must be eradicated before it transforms into a pandemic.

According to the poll, one out of twenty participants never knew the existence of the Holocaust, even though 75 years have passed since World War II came to an end. The French youth are the ones who lack knowledge about the Holocaust. Data from the poll showed that one out of five individuals between the age group 18 – 34 never came across the term Holocaust in their lives.

Out of all the countries participating in the survey, Austria had the highest figures when it comes to lack of information regarding the Holocaust. In other words, 40 percent of the candidates made this statement.

32 percent of Europeans and 50 percent of Poles believe Jews use the Holocaust to achieve personal goals. About half the participants claimed they knew a fair bit when it comes to the Holocaust. However, when it comes to in-depth information, only one out of every five respondents had this knowledge.

Despite all these opinions among Europeans, they still believe it is essential to keep the memory of this genocide, to prevent similar atrocities from taking place in the future. In Poland, 80 percent of the participants believe in this statement, as Nazis created the deadliest concentration camp in Auschwitz.


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