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Holocaust Remembrance Day

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CARBONDALE-- A recent survey reveals the Holocaust could be fading from American's memory, especially in millennials. That's why it's important to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

Sara Faye Marten, a member of the Beth-Jacob Synagogue, says people should never forget horrible history like the Holocaust so it's not repeated again. 

"I remember it as a horrible time in history and the situation that we have today, it still happens throughout the world with other countries people with immigrants," said Marten.

Millions of people were killed during the Holocaust back in 1940s in Europe. 

Marten said,"Government people, the Nazi army came in and destroyed, they broke the glass, they lit fires in the synagogue, destroyed the buildings and at that time people were told to move out of the territory."

She says the best way to honor those lives lost is to keep shining a light on the victims.

A new survey shows that many Americans are lacking in their knowledge of the Holocaust. The survey polled more than 1,300 adults. 41 percent didn't know what Auschwitz was. 31 percent of those polled believed less than 2 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. That number is actually closer to 6 million. 

And only 37 percent knew Poland was part of the Holocaust. 

And of the so-called millennials, those ages 18 to 34, 22 percent said they hadn't even heard of the Holocaust. 

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