House Overwhelmingly Passes Maloney’s Never Again Education Act
Credit: Official House of Representatives Photographer Phi Nguyen
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s H.R. 943 - Never Again Education Act to support Holocaust education across the country.
This vote comes as the world recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Ahead of tonight’s vote, Congresswoman Maloney joined with Members of Congress, Jewish leaders, Holocaust survivors, and educators to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and discuss the importance of Holocaust Education.
“As we recommit ourselves to the promise of ‘Never Again’ on this 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, I am reminded that the lessons of the Holocaust do not just apply to antisemitism – but to all forms of hate and bigotry and I can think of no better way to honor the memories of those murdered than to make sure our students know their names and their stories,” said Rep. Maloney. “If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. I urge the Senate to act quickly on this bill.”
“As the world solemnly commemorates 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, we all must renew our commitment to educating the world about the horrors of the Holocaust and the dangers of bigotry and hate today,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The urgency of Holocaust education is greater than ever now, as we see a surge of appalling anti-Semitic and other hate crimes being perpetrated both in America and around the world. I salute Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney for her leadership on this bipartisan legislation to support and strengthen the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Holocaust education efforts, so that we can fulfill our sacred pledge: Never Again.”
“I am proud to co-lead this critical bipartisan legislation through its passage in the House,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), lead cosponsor of H.R. 943. “Today, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the House reaffirmed its commitment to remembrance by passing this bill to ensure the next generation of students understand the dangers of rising anti-Semitism and recognize that it must never be forgotten. As we continue to condemn horrific acts of anti-Semitism across the world, we must also take proactive measures to educate and provide states and schools with the resources necessary to incorporate Holocaust education into their classrooms, ensuring that all students understand the evils of Holocaust and its impact. I am honored to co-lead this important legislation, and I applaud my colleagues in the House for its bipartisan passage.”
“Chairwoman Maloney’s bill is a powerful tool against the spread of anti-Semitism, combatting ignorance and falsehood with knowledge and remembrance. As our country and the world confronts a rise in anti-Semitic violence, we must do all we can to promote Holocaust education to make good on the promise of ‘never again,’” said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. “I thank Chairwoman Maloney for her leadership on this issue and for all her hard work to make this legislation bipartisan and move it through the House.”
“With each passing year, there are fewer people who can provide first-hand accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust. We have a responsibility to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten,” said Congressman Bobby Scott, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor (D-VA). “As we confront a disturbing rise in anti-Jewish bigotry and acts of hate, we must invest in the minds of young people to understand the destructive power of intolerance and how to use knowledge to embrace understanding and insight. I am grateful for the leadership of Chairwoman Maloney and Reps. Norcross, Bacon, and Stefanik in advancing this important legislation.”
“With a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world, we must educate our youth about the Holocaust so that we never forget or let history repeat itself,” said Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE), lead cosponsor of H.R. 943. “Anti-Semitism has no place in the world. The Never Again Education Act will provide the fundamental resources, education, and training for teachers and students and will encourage us to live in a world that respects religion, race, and human life. May we never forget the millions of innocent lives lost during this dark chapter of human history, today and every day, for generations to come.”
"Seventy-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of World War II, it is imperative as ever that we never forget Holocaust victims, survivors and the cruel atrocities that made up one of the darkest points in our world history," said Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA), lead cosponsor of H.R. 943. "The Never Again Education Act helps ensure that students will always know the human toll that this time brought. I hope that it also helps them see that we must fight back against hate, discrimination, suffering and anti-Semitism wherever we see it. Today and always, we must remember."
“Today’s historic vote is a turning point in America’s commitment to combating hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism. The House has affirmed the value of Holocaust education and made a commitment to building more tolerant communities,” said Janice Weinman, CEO/Executive Director of Hadassah. “Educators deserve our full support in their efforts to instill the Holocaust’s universal and timeless lessons in every generation. We congratulate Congresswoman Maloney for leading this fight and thank the House for its bipartisan support in approving the Never Again Education Act.”
“We have seen an unprecedented wave of violent anti-Semitic attacks across the country and the sense of threat is universal. Holocaust education and specifically the Never Again Education Act is one legislative vehicle that can help alleviate this problem,” said Mark Wilf, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to have partnered with a bipartisan group of extraordinary leaders in Congress led by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) who have championed this important measure and brought it to final passage in the House.”
“We are pleased that the House has taken action today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust will be passed from one generation to the next,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, ADL. “We look forward to this law’s swift passage and to working closely with teachers and districts across the country to ensure that Holocaust education is uniform and consistent across the country.”
"The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum wants people, especially young people, to understand that the Holocaust was not inevitable," said Diane Saltzman, the Museum's Director of Constituency Engagement. "Understanding what made the Holocaust possible -- including our capacity for evil and indifference and the dangers of unchecked antisemitism and hatred -- is critical to being a responsible, engaged citizen in a globalized world. We are grateful for Congress's commitment to Holocaust memory and education."
H.R. 943 Bill Summary:
- Expands the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education programming to teachers across the country, requiring the Museum to develop and disseminate accurate, relevant, and accessible resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and educate individuals on the lessons of the Holocaust as a means to promote the importance of preventing genocide, hate, and bigotry against any group of people.
- Funding will support and expand a centralized website maintained by the Holocaust Museum where educators can find curriculum materials. Funding through this bill may also be used to support teachers in bringing the lessons of the Holocaust into their classrooms in other ways, including developing, disseminating, and implementing principles of sound pedagogy, increasing engagement with state and local education leaders to encourage the adoption of these resources, and evaluating and assessing the effectiveness and impact of Holocaust education programs.
- Funding may also be used to support an expansion of the Museum’s professional development programs, through activities such as local, regional, and national workshops, teacher trainings with Holocaust education centers and other partners, and engagement with local educational agencies and schools.
- Authorizes $10 million dollars over 5 years to go to these activities.