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Most Quebecers did not learn Holocaust in school: poll

Last Updated Jun 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm PDT

Auschwitz, Poland - May 25, 2016: Barbed wire fence at the Auschwitz concentration camp, the biggest extermination camp in Europe built by Nazi. (Source: iStock)

People from Quebec are less likely to have learned about the holocaust in schools than other Canadians, a poll shows

MONTREAL – A new poll suggests that Quebecers are significantly less likely than other Canadians to have learned about the Holocaust in school or read a book about the Second World War genocide.

About 40 per cent of respondents across Canada said they did not learn in school that roughly six-million European Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War, while more than 53 per cent of Quebecers said so.

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More than 61 per cent of Quebecers polled said they’d never read a book about the Holocaust, compared to the Canadian average of 41 per cent.

And 36 per cent of respondents from Quebec said they had never had contact with a Jewish person. The Canadian average was 18 per cent.

Leger surveyed 1,560 Canadians over the age of 18, between June 7-11, 2019, in the poll commissioned by Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies.

In an interview Saturday, the historian said he was surprised to learn the gap between Quebec and the rest of the country was so high.