New bill to fund Holocaust education

The U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced a bill proposing $10 million in federal funds for Holocaust education.

The funds would be earmarked over five years to help organizations bolster programs that in many cases suffer from scarce resources.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced the the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Act, which is named for the Holocaust survivor who spent much of his life tracking down Nazi war criminals.

It was co-sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who said “students, in order to spread tolerance and civility, should study the dark blemish upon mankind which is the Holocaust. Education is so important and decisive to this endeavor.”

The bill had been introduced in April 2006 but was not sent along by the House committee on health, education, labor and pensions.

 

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