This landmark legislation would create a new grant program, within the US Department of Education to provide teachers across the country the relevant resources, tools and training to teach school children about the Holocaust and the repercussions that hate and intolerance can have on our society.
What you need to know:
- With the alarming rise in antisemitism that we are witnessing today in the United States and worldwide, Congress has a responsibility to act now. Indeed, according to a recent audit done by authoritative organizations, antisemitic incidents increased by 57% in 2017 as compared to 2016, the highest increase on record.
- An equally worrisome trend shows that the horrors of the Holocaust are fading from our collective memory, especially among millennials. A recent survey found that 49% of millennials polled were unable to name an extermination camp, and 41% believe that the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust was significantly less than 6 million. Unfortunately, this tendency to be ignorant of the facts and of history is part of a larger troublesome worldwide trend.
- With the number of last survivors of the Holocaust decreasing as time passes, the responsibility to keep the memory and the legacy and the lessons of the Holocaust alive will fall to us and to our younger generations. The current trends are deeply concerning.
- Congress needs to take proactive steps to make sure that students are equipped to take this up this challenge. This can only happen if their teachers have the resources and the tools to empower younger generations with the knowledge that decisions and actions have consequences.
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