A bipartisan group of members of Congress have introduced a bill that would provide funding to K-12 schools for “Holocaust education” via taxpayer funding and private donations.
The Never Again Education Act would establish the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, which its author, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), said will “address the national rise in anti-Semitism.” During an announcement event at the Center for Jewish History, she said her bill, if signed into law, would “give teachers across the United States the resources and training necessary to teach our nation’s children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the horrific consequences of hate and intolerance.”
She made following statement about the legislation:
“We are at a dangerous moment in time. Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here at home, and the memory of the Holocaust is fading for far too many Americans. We can combat this by making sure we teach our students, tomorrow’s leaders, about the horrors of the Holocaust. It is simply not enough to condemn hateful, violent attacks against the Jewish community- we need to be proactive, we need to take action. I am proud to reintroduce the Never Again Education Act, so that we can be vigilant in the fight against hatred and give teachers across the United States the resources and training they need to teach our children the important lessons of the Holocaust.”
Maloney’s office issued a statement that notes there has been a “significant rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes throughout our nation and in New York City.”…
The statement said Americans “must to be vigilant in the fight against hatred and ensure our youth understand the horrors of the Holocaust and the intolerance and bigotry that led to it, so we can fulfill the promise of ‘Never Again.’” The Never Again Education Act is co-sponsored by Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who added:
“Over the last few years, a concerning amount of anti-Semitic incidents have occurred in our country. My hope is that this bill will combat the rise of this inexcusable behavior by further educating our nation’s students on the unthinkable and innumerable atrocities of the Holocaust. As a nation, we cannot allow a return to the hateful actions that led to the Holocaust and I’m proud to do my part to change it.”
Israeli Consul-General to New York Dani Dayan participated in Maloney’s announcement event, saying he commended her for her leadership in “educating young Americans on the horrors of the Holocaust.” He said the bill was a way to “honor the past and build the future.”
He also was joined by Center for Jewish History Chairman and CEO Bernard Michael, who said the Never Again Education Act would provide “essential funding” to “extend an important part of these stories, and the lessons of the consequences of hatred and intolerance, to schoolchildren throughout the country.”
The bill also has the support of the following organizations:
• Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America,
• Appeal of Conscience Foundation,
• Jewish Community Relations Council of New York,
• World Jewish Congress,
• Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany,
• American Jewish Committee,
• Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect,
• Facing History and Ourselves,
• New York Board of Rabbis,
• United Jewish Appeal-Federation,
• Jewish Federations of North America,
• Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism,
• Southern Poverty Law Center,
• Anti-Defamation League, and
• American Zionist Movement.
Maloney’s office noted that without her legislation, only eight states—including New York—have laws requiring the Holocaust be taught to school children. Twelve other states recommend it be included in local curricula.
The Never Again Education Act currently has 23 secondary co-sponsors, three of which are Republicans.