According to the Huffington Post, nearly half of Canadians believe that the United States has a “great deal” or “many” Neo-Nazis. In a survey about Holocaust Remembrance released Thursday, it was revealed that Canadians think that the U.S. has a Nazi problem.
These perceptions likely come from the media attention that neo-Nazis receive. Last year, a group of neo-Nazis "received the red-carpet treatment from U.S. law enforcement as they traveled to Washington for a rally." A Holocaust scholar compared some American elected officials to those in Nazi Germany. Days after an anti-Semitic gunman shot down Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a white supremacist congressman was reelected.
While almost half of Canadians felt that there are a “great deal” or “many” neo-Nazis in the U.S, only 17% of Canadians feel that there are a “great deal” or “many” neo-Nazis in Canada.
Canadians are not alone in these beliefs. 51% of Americans said that there are a “great deal” or “many” neo-Nazis in the U.S.
Further alarming was the finding that two-thirds of American millennials, and 41% of Americans as a whole did not know what Auschwitz was. 52% of Canadian millennials and 49% of all Canadians could not name a single Nazi prison camp.