More than a quarter of young Britons do not know if the Holocaust happened, according to a poll on Friday, sparking alarm among Jewish leaders
"This poll reinforces the necessity to observe the motto -- Never Again", said Winston Pickett, spokesman for the umbrella group, the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
The poll, conducted by The Jewish Chronicle to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, showed that 28 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds in Britain do not know if the Holocaust happened.
By a majority of four-to-one they favoured Britain's decision to mark Holocaust Memorial Day every year on January 27, the day in 1945 when the advancing Russian army reached the Auschwitz concentration camp.
But only 16 percent of those polled felt that denying the Holocaust should be made a criminal offence in Britain.
The Holocaust Educational Trust, which gives lessons in schools across Britain to inform the young about the Nazi genocide, said the survey gave cause for concern.
British Muslim leaders have in the past said they are unwilling to attend the annual commemorations, arguing that Holocaust Memorial Day should honour victims of genocide everywhere.
"We have misgivings about the name," said Inayat Bunglawala, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain.
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