1 in 2 Britons 'can't name a post-Holocaust genocide'

Over half of the UK population could not name a genocide that has taken place since the Holocaust, new research suggests. The study is published ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday.

Lack of genocide knowledge 'deeply concerning'

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:

We are deeply concerned by the lack of understanding among the population as a whole, and in particular the younger generations.

This research shows our work is more important than ever.

Genocide is not something that takes place by itself - it happens when a set of circumstances occur or are created, when racism and discrimination go unchecked and are allowed to divide communities.

A lot has been achieved, but there's plenty still to do to ensure that history does not repeat itself.

– Olivia Marks-Woldman

1 in 2 Britons 'can't name a post-Holocaust genocide'

Up to a million people were killed in just 100 days when Hutus slaughtered Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. Credit: Reuters

Over half of the UK population could not name a genocide that has taken place since the Holocaust, new research suggests.

Research published ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday claims genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur have all been largely forgotten by the British public.

Some 53% of the 2,304 people asked could not name a post-Holocaust genocide, with the figure rising to 81% among 16-24 year-olds.

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