(May 30, 2020 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Never Again Education Act, which seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States, into law on Friday.
The new law expands the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) education programming to teachers nationwide, requiring the museum to develop and disseminate resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons.
A total of $2 million will be allocated annually this year and for each of the next four years to the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, administered by the USHMM’s governing body, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Private donations for the fund would be permitted.
The measure will create an online Holocaust-education repository of resources for educators to teach both middle-school and high school students about the genocide that killed 11 million people, 6 million of whom were Jews.
“The bipartisan Never Again Education Act is finally law,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who introduced the U.S. House of Representatives bill with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), told JNS. “I’m proud our country has come together to make clear that anti-Semitism cannot and should not be tolerated.”
She noted that “our children are not born with hate in their hearts, and by providing educators with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust, we can ensure they never learn it. Teaching our children about the dangers of anti-Semitism and hate is a proactive way to stop anti-Semitism before it even starts.”
Currently, 18 states either encourage or require teaching about the Holocaust.
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