President signs Never Again Education Act into law

New legislation will allocate $10 million to expand Holocaust awareness and create website with curriculum materials for teachers nationwide.

Authored by New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the Never Again Education Act directs millions of dollars toward expanding the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education program, supporting a website with curriculum materials for teachers and hosting workshops in Holocaust education and awareness throughout the country.

The bill garnered bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, with 302 co-sponsors, and passed by a vote of 393-5 on Holocaust Remembrance Day in January. The Senate then unanimously passed the legislation on May 13, sending it to the president’s desk.

Trump’s signing the measure into law comes as anti-Semitic incidents are soaring in the United States.

Earlier this Month, the Anti-Defamation League released new data showing 2019 had 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents, more than any other year since the group began compiling such data in 1979. Those incidents included 61 physical assault cases, 1,127 instances of harassment and 919 acts of vandalism.

The new law will funnel more money into the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC, and require the museum to develop and disseminate accurate and reliable resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust.

The funding will also go toward a website, managed by the Holocaust museum, where educators nationwide can find curriculum materials.

A major study in January showed that most adults in the United States possess a general understanding of the Holocaust, but many do not know basic facts about Nazi Germany’s slaughter of European Jews.

The survey by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of American adults do not know that approximately six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust or that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler came to power via democratic elections.

By ERIC CORTELLESSA, Times of Israel, May 29, 2020.  This report is a summary.  Click for full report.

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