WASHINGTON -- A large segment of Americans think the Holocaust could happen again, according to a new survey, which found 42 percent believe it likely that the Jewish people will face a similar threat in coming years.
Of that number, 17 percent said they considered another Holocaust
"very likely" to occur somewhere in the world, and 25 percent rated it as "somewhat likely."
The survey of attitudes toward the Holocaust -- in which an estimated 6 million European Jews perished -- also found that younger Americans tend to be significantly less informed. Only half of those polled under age 35 said they knew either a good deal or a fair amount about the Holocaust, compared with
70 percent of those over 50.
Still, the survey's sponsors -- the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council -- said they were encouraged overall by the high level of awareness among respondents. The survey, conducted by the polling firm Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, consisted of telephone interviews with 885 adult Americans, less than 3 percent of whom were Jewish.