Holocaust suffering exaggerated, say quarter of young Dutch people polled

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Survey’s findings ‘shocking’, says prime minister of Netherlands, where 102,000 Jews were killed by Nazis during Second World War

Anne Frank
Anne Frank was among Jewish people in the Netherlands who lost their lives in the Holocaust CREDIT: Anne Frank House

Nearly a quarter of young people in the Netherlands believe the Holocaust was a “myth” or exaggerated, according to a new survey.

Some 12 per cent of all Dutch respondents believe the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust is exaggerated or the whole thing is a “myth”. That figure rose to 23 per cent in the under-40s surveyed by the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

The findings have prompted calls for better education in the country that was home to Anne Frank.

“I find it shocking,” Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said of the study’s findings.

“We can debate everything, but it’s important that we all agree on the facts,” he told the ANP national news agency.

Three years ago Mr Rutte apologised for the failure of officials in the Nazi-occupied country during World War II to do more to prevent the deportation and murder of Jews. In 2021, he opened a Holocaust monument in Amsterdam.

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Holocaust suffering exaggerated, say quarter of young Dutch people polled

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