Tag: Holocaust

On Yom HaShoah, let us reexamine and fix Holocaust education

On the Jewish calendar, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is on Thursday. As a grandson of Holocaust survivors, I say that Holocaust education needs to be fixed.

A survey released last September showed, among adults under the age of 40, a “worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge.” The 50-state survey of Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Generation Z showed 63% of respondents not knowing that 6 million Jews were massacred in history’s darkest hour, and 48% of those surveyed could not name a single ghetto or concentration camp. Additionally, the survey showed 36% of respondents thought that “two million or

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The problem with Holocaust education

Despite all this education, what the Claims Conference survey revealed was “a worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge.” Sixty-three percent of millennials and Gen Z-ers did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany. When asked if they could name any of the more than 40,000 concentration camps, ghettos, or extermination sites into which Jews were forced, 48 percent were unable to identify even one. More than 1 in 5 (22 percent) could not be sure that they “have definitely heard about the Holocaust.”

Holocaust education may have grown pervasive, but Holocaust ignorance remains as widespread as

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Durham minister fights for Holocaust education bill to include Black history

N.C. legislators filed a bill on Feb. 10 to make Holocaust and genocide education mandatory for public schools. Durham minister and activist Paul Scott is demanding the bill also include Black history.

House Bill 69, or the Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act, was introduced as HB 437 in 2019 but was never made into law. N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer (D–Caswell, Orange) said the 2019 bill was included as a policy provision along with the budget bill, which Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed.

HB 437 was proposed a few months after the federal government introduced the Never Again Education Act, which aimed

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Holocaust education week begins in Florida schools

Holocaust education week began Tuesday across the state of Florida, as schools teach about the horrors inflicted by the Nazis.“It’s our obligation to pass on this story so that we do never forget,” said Kimberly Coombs, Holocaust education program director in Palm Beach County. “And so we can hopefully prevent anything like that from ever happening again.”The week began on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, what’s considered the unofficial beginning of the Holocaust.“We have always understood the importance of making sure that our students are aware of one of the darkest times in the world’s history,” Coombs said.In 2019, Florida’s Legislature … Read more