There is both encouraging and dispiriting news for Holocaust educators and the Jewish community in general from this week’s YouGov poll concerning Holocaust Memorial Day, produced exclusively for the JC. On the plus side, only a tiny faction of respondents believed the Holocaust to have been a myth, or the extent of Nazi atrocities to have been greatly exaggerated by Jewish or pro-Israeli groups. Yet a concerning statistic is that 28 per cent of 18- to 29-year-olds admitted to little knowledge of the subject, while 63 per cent of the 1,132 people questioned maintained that Holocaust denial should not be made a criminal offence in Britain. The latter response should greatly interest Home Secretary John Reid, who has told the JC that he deplores Holocaust denial. Interestingly, though, some survivors argue that, however pernicious they find the deniers’ sentiments, they would not wish to see free speech repressed. One area of consensus was the need for continuing educational advancements among the younger population. In recent years, organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust have been instrumental in improving understanding within the secondary-school age group — by activities such as Auschwitz visits — of the crimes against humanity perpetrated during the Hitler era. Holocaust Memorial Day brings informative commemorative events to towns and villages without Jewish residents. Yet as our poll clearly demonstrates, worryingly large numbers are slipping through the knowledge net, making further investment imperative.