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One in 20 UK adults does not believe the Holocaust took place, while one in 12 believes its scale has been exaggerated, a survey suggests.

Almost two-thirds of 2,000 respondents either could not say how many Jews were murdered or “grossly” under-estimated the number, the survey by the HolocaustMemorial Day Trust (HMDT) found.

Holocaust survivor Steven Frank, who was one of 93 children who survived the Theresienstadt camp in Czechoslovakia along with his two brothers, said the results of the survey were “terribly worrying”.

The 83-year-old said he was “surprised” that the survey found as many as one in 20 people still did not believe the Holocaust took place.

He said: “In my experience, people don’t have a solid understanding of what happened during the Holocaust and that’s one of the reasons I am so committed to sharing what happened to me.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust undated handout photo of Holocaust survivor Steven Frank has paid tribute to the "courageous" actions of his parents during the Second World War to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 27, 2019. Frank was just five years old when the Nazis invaded his home town of Amsterdam in 1940. His father, Leonard, who helped hide Jews and arrange papers for them as part of the Dutch Resistance, was betrayed and arrested in late 1942.
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Steven Frank says education is ‘so important’

“At one of my talks, I met someone who said the Holocaust didn’t happen. The only way to fight this kind of denial and antisemitism is with the truth – I tell people what happened, what I saw and what I experienced.

“Education is so important. If we ignore the past, I fear history will repeat itself.”

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people, including survivors, politicians and members of the public, will gather to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and remember its six million Jewish victims.

More than 11,000 activities are expected to take place, while ceremonies will be held in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

One of the barracks where people were held imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp
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One of the barracks where people were held imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp

In Westminster a national commemorative ceremony will take place to mark the day, which is also acknowledging the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and 40 years since the end of the genocide in Cambodia.

HMDT chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman described the survey results as “shocking”.

She said: “The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation and has implications for us all. Such widespread ignorance and even denial is shocking.

“Without a basic understanding of this recent history, we are in danger of failing to learn where a lack of respect for difference and hostility to others can ultimately lead.”

“With a rise in reported hate crime in the UK and ongoing international conflicts with a risk of genocide, our world can feel fragile and vulnerable. We cannot be complacent.”

 Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said it remains 'essential' to remember the Holocaust
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Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said it remains ‘essential’ to remember the Holocaust

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, said: “It remains essential now as ever to remember the Holocaust, to understand why it happened and to learn the stark lessons it gives.

“We must never forget where hatred and bigotry can lead.”

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