Apr 26, 2001
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) introduced The Holocaust Education Assistance Act. The legislation promotes awareness of the Holocaust and the devastating effects of hate crimes through grants to qualifying educational organizations by becoming an original cosponsor of the Holocaust Education Assistance Act.

"Unfortunately, many schools and communities around the country have not learned about the Holocaust because their schools do not have the funds or tools to teach about this tragic event in world history," Maloney said today. "There is no question: teaching children about the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust will create a generation of youth in America who are less likely to commit hate crimes, and who are more likely to mature into adults who will envision and work towards peaceful world relations."

The Holocaust Education Assistance Act seeks to provide competitive grants for educational organizations working to teach today's young the lessons of the Holocaust. Through grants from the Department of Education, Holocaust organization programs that are designed to specifically improve the awareness of the Holocaust through such means as classes, seminars, conferences, educational materials, and teacher training, can apply for federal funds to assist in carrying out these initiatives.

Several states now require that the Holocaust be taught in public school curriculums. Though there are resources such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum here in Washington, DC, and similar museums in a few other cities, many teachers are still left with the challenge of teaching a complicated subject without the expertise. Many Holocaust educational organizations have risen to meet this demand, but their resources are limited, limiting their outreach. The Holocaust Education Assistance Act will provide more resources to these organizations, who have the expertise and knowledge of the tragic events during the Nazi era, to teach more students, teachers, and communities the dangers of inter-group conflict and the importance of tolerance in our society.

Six States (California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) mandate that the Holocaust be taught in the educational curriculum. Eleven States (Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington) recommend teaching the Holocaust but do not provide sufficient funds to assist in the training and educating of teachers.