Maloney Hopes to Increase & Better Holocaust Education Across US

Mar 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Congressional Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, moved to increase awareness about the Holocaust today with introduction of the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act. The legislation will support educational organizations’ work to teach students about the Holocaust and its lessons for contemporary conflict. It authorizes the Department of Education to award grants funded by private donations to nonprofit educational organizations. Grantees would be able to increase awareness and understanding of the Holocaust through classes, educational materials, student field trips and teacher training.

“The Nazi regime brutally massacred 6 million European Jews and millions of others, including gypsies, individuals with disabilities and mental illness, members of the LGBT community, political enemies and others. More than 11 million people were systematically murdered in the Holocaust as the Nazis swept across Europe, destroying entire villages and communities. The recent uptick in threats and vandalism against Jewish institutions are evidence of the persistence of anti-Semitism even more than 70 years after the Holocaust. Combating anti-Semitism and any kind of hate-driven crime must be a multi-pronged effort. While we rely on law enforcement to keep us safe and bring the perpetrators to justice, we must also engage in community education efforts to stop the hatred before it starts or escalates.”

Background

  • Eight states (including New York) require schools to include Holocaust education as part of their curriculum, and another 12 states recommend teaching about the Holocaust. Michigan, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania have passed laws in recent years to expand education about genocide and the Holocaust.
  • However, these states often do not fund the development of innovative materials to teach the important lessons of the Holocaust.
  • Rep. Maloney has introduced versions of this legislation since 1999.

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