|Current Cosponsors: Rosen, Deutch, Rice, Boyle, Crowley, Al Green
I hope you will join me in support of H.R. 1474, Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act (H.R. 2545 in the 114th Congress).
Named for the Holocaust survivor who spent his life working for justice for those murdered by the Nazis, this legislation would support educational organizations to teach students about the Holocaust. 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.
Eight states 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.
As you well know, the Nazi regime brutally massacred 6 million European Jews and millions of others, including gypsies, the disabled and mentally ill, homosexuals, and others. Over 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 over 70 years after the Holocaust.
Programs supported by the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act will allow students to learn about the consequences of such intolerance and hate so that we can truly say, “never again.” This bill builds tolerance, and tolerance builds unity and peace.
To add your name as a cosponsor, or ask any questions, please have your staff contact Chris Gorud in Rep. Maloney’s office by email or at 6-5120.
CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Member of Congress