CNN poll in Europe shows widespread anti-Semitism, ignorance on Holocaust

(JTA) – In a poll conducted among 7,092 adults in seven European countries, 28 per cent of respondents said that Jews are too influential, and one- third said they have no substantial knowledge of the Holocaust.

The CNN poll, performed by ComRes, on the subject of anti-Semitism was performed in September in Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Austria, the network reported.

Overall, nearly 25 per cent of all respondents said that Jews have too much influence in conflicts and wars across the world.

One in five said Jews have too much influence in the media and the same number believe they have too much influence in politics. One-third of respondents said that Jews use the Holocaust to advance their own positions or goals.

Forty per cent of all respondents said that Jews were at risk of racist violence in their countries and half said their governments should do more to fight anti-Semitism. But substantial minorities blamed Israel or Jews themselves for anti-Semitism.

To 28 per cent of respondents, anti-Semitism in their countries mostly owed to Israel’s actions, they said. And 18 per cent said the phenomenon was a response to the everyday behaviour of Jewish people.

Some 34 per cent of all respondents said they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust.

Only five per cent of respondents reported never hearing about the Holocaust. But a further 29 per cent said they had heard about the genocide, and that this was the full extent of their knowledge about it.

Half of respondents said they know “a fair amount” about the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem, Israel’s state museum on the Holocaust, said in a statement Tuesday that it “is deeply concerned” about the data, primarily over how many Europeans claimed in it to know little or nothing about the genocide. “Additionally, the survey highlights the troubling fact that many entrenched hateful anti-Semitic tropes persist in European civilization,” Yad Vashem wrote.

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