A recent CNN poll shows that anti-Semitism is rampant across 20 European nations, with more than 33 percent of those surveyed saying they know little or nothing about the Holocaust that took place during World War II, when Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany exterminated some 6 million Jews.
“Anti-Semitic stereotypes are alive and well in Europe, while the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade,” CNN reported. “One in 20 Europeans surveyed has never heard of the Holocaust.”
World turning against God’s people?
Similar to Hitler’s jealousy of the Jews, a significant proportion of those polled in Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Poland are envious of their success.
“More than a quarter believe Jews have too much influence in business and finance,” CNN’s Richard Allen Greene divulged from the poll. “One in five believe anti-Semitism is a response to the everyday actions of Jews.”
Europeans are also opposed to Jews’ military positioning and clout with the media and world governments.
“Nearly one in four said Jews have too much influence in conflict and wars across the world,” Greene revealed. “One in five said they have too much influence in the media and the same number believe they have too much influence in politics.”
With tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors still alive today – less than 75 years after the close of World War II – a large proportion of Europeans in France and across the continent are either unaware of the mass slaughter or think the Jews use its memory to their own advantage.
“Lack of Holocaust knowledge is particularly striking among young people in France: One out of five people there between the ages of 18 and 34 said they’d never heard of it,” Greene informed. “A third of Europeans said that Jews use the Holocaust to advance their own positions or goals.”
Austria came in a close second to France when it comes to ignorance about the Holocaust.
“In Austria – the country where Hitler was born – 12 percent of young people said they had never heard of the Holocaust,” Greene added. “Austria also had the highest number of people in the survey saying they knew ‘just a little’ about the Holocaust. Four out of 10 Austrian adults said that.”
Even though German concentration camps popped up across Europe during World War II, only about 50 percent have a good understanding about the Holocaust.
“Across Europe, half of respondents said they know ‘a fair amount’ about the Holocaust, while only one out of five people said they know ‘a great deal,’” Greene noted from the survey.
Ignorance about Jews increasing in U.S., too?
In the United States, ignorance about the Holocaust is also rife.
“A survey carried out on behalf of the Claims Conference earlier this year found that 10 percent of American adults were not sure they’d ever heard of the Holocaust – rising to one in five Millennials,” Greene added. “Half of all Millennials could not name a single concentration camp, and 45 percent of all-American adults failed to do so.”
Manifestations of anti-Semitism have surfaced in America in years past – from the desecration of Jewish memorials and grave sites to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement on college campuses, to the recent synagogue shooting in Pennsylvania.
“Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in the U.S., with the number of anti-Semitic incidents increasing nearly 60 percent in 2017 – per a report from the Anti-Defamation League earlier this year,” The Huffington Post recounted. “Last month, a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead, in the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in U.S. history.”
Sympathy for Muslims, hatred for Jews …
Siding with the pro-Palestinian sentiment of the mainstream media, just slightly more than a majority of Europeans believe that the Jews should have come back together as the nation of Israel back in 1948.
“The poll also found that only 54 percent believe Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state,” WND reported from the CNN-commissioned ComRes poll of 7,000 European respondents.
According to Middle East expert Pamela Geller, anti-Semitism in Europe is anything but surprising – especially given the media’s slanted pro-Muslim coverage.
“[T]he left in its relentless hatred of Israel and promotion of mass Muslim migration has made Jew-hatred more popular and prevalent today than it has been since the Holocaust,” author Pamela Geller wrote in her blog. “So, naturally in schools – which are overwhelmingly controlled by leftists – the Holocaust would be downplayed … if mentioned at all.”
With the European media often casting followers of Islam as helpless victims in the so-called Muslim refugee crisis, many Europeans view Israeli Jews as oppressors of Palestinians, with many also seeing them as being at fault in their ongoing dispute with Iran and its nuclear program.
“[W]e have seen more than once that Muslims in schools in Europe don’t want to hear about the Holocaust, and, of course, accommodating Muslims is pandemic,” Geller continued. “In the U.S. also, ignorance about the Holocaust is widespread and growing – along with the hatred of Israel and Jews on the left. All of this is paving the way for a new Holocaust.”