NEWS SWG-Pagine Ebraiche poll: Holocaust Remembrance Day considered crucial by growing number of Italians

swgBy Pagine Ebraiche staff

An increasing number of Italians consider Holocaust Remembrance Day as a positive and crucial event, the 2020 edition of the SWG-Pagine Ebraiche poll has found.

In 2019, 25 percent of respondents said that they considered “right” remembering the Shoah and other victims of Nazi-fascism on January 27; in 2020, the number went up to 39 percent. It is a shift that, explained Swg Research Director Riccardo Grassi, needs to be considered in connection to the fact that there has been an increase in Italians who believe that anti-Semitic threat in the country still exists.

“Between 2016 and 2017 we had the peak of disinterest, disaffection, minimization of the theme of Remembrance, from 2018 to 2020 there is instead an objective trend of attention growth, parallel to the growth of the perception that the danger of anti-Semitism is increasing,” said Grassi.

“It is as if there had been a response in the face of the rise in anti-Semitism, as if the importance of Remembrance is valued again once the danger increased,” he added.

The complete results of the survey will be presented on January 30 at 9 pm at the Pitigliani Center in Rome.