This is an amazing bill — please contact your congressman/congresswoman and voice your support.
Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act (H.R. 2089) U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY)
What the bill would do:
The bill would authorize grants to carry out proposed or existing Holocaust education programs that educate American students on the lessons of the Holocaust, so that we will be less susceptible to the falsehood of Holocaust denial and to the destructive messages of hate that arise from Holocaust denial.
Who would benefit:
Educational organizations whose specific and primary purpose is to improve the awareness of the Holocaust would be eligible for the grants. Educational organizations are defined as entities organized and operated for cultural, literary, or educational purposes. These include, but are not limited to, schools, universities, museums, and resource centers.
How organizations and programs would be selected:
The Secretary of Education would establish competitive criteria, after consulting with a number of prominent Holocaust educators.
What the grants would be used for:
The grants would be used for a Holocaust education program that is designed specifically and primarily to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust. This would be accomplished through the following: classes, seminars, conferences, field trips; educational materials; and teacher training. The grants shall be used to supplement, not supplant, other funding that would otherwise be used for such a program
The bill would authorize $2 million each fiscal year for 5 years to carry out the act.
For more information, visit the holocaust memorial center.