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Funds earmarked for a national Holocaust memorial in Westminster would be more effectively spent on educating people about the murder of six million Jews in the second world war, a rabbi has told a public inquiry.
Rabbi Jonathan Romain of Maidenhead synagogue told the inquiry into a planning application for the memorial next to the Houses of Parliament that “monuments do not combat antisemitism”.
“The substantial cost of the proposed memorial … could be better used. If £100m – or maybe it has now risen even higher – went into Holocaust education nationally, rather than a London-centric edifice – that would have far greater impact,” he said.
There was no point in duplicating the Holocaust wing at the nearby Imperial War Museum, Romain said. And the need for a memorial was debatable. “Britain was not involved in initiating the Holocaust, or assisting in it, or standing by and so, unlike
Eighth grade students from St. Joseph School in Cold Springs, Ky., touch a relief image created with bullet casings at the Holocaust & Humanity Center inside the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo: Sam Greene/The Enquirer)
A survey released earlier this month found that 80% of millennial respondents believe it is important to continue teaching about the Holocaust.
While this aspect of the survey reflects a willingness and commitment to learn from the past on the part of millennials, the general public and media chose to focus on different aspects of the survey – like the fact that almost two-thirds of millennials and Gen Zers do not know that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and almost half do not know the name of any concentration camp.
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With the arrival of another Jewish new year, we are reminded that time continues to move further away from the Holocaust era that ended 75 years ago.
As the number of survivors continues to dwindle as they age, it’s encouraging to know that the majority of students of all grade levels are being taught about the darkest period in human history.
Over the years, legislation has made this curriculum a priority.
In 1994, the Florida Legislature passed the Holocaust Education Bill requiring all school districts to incorporate lessons on the Holocaust as part of public school instruction.
More recently, in May of this year, the Never Again Education Act was signed into law, allocating $10 million in federal funding over the next five years to further Holocaust education.
A recent study confirms this progress in Shoah studies.
Sponsored by Echoes & Reflections, a joint program of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL),
The goal is to educate young people about the atrocities, while promoting tolerance.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida’s Board of Education held its bi-monthly meeting in Tampa Bay at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg Wednesday.
The location was chosen because, in addition to discussing COVID-19 and other school related issues, the board also unveiled a new Holocaust education program.
Board members heard chilling words from Holocaust Survivor Toni Rinde, whose personal story is one of the many recorded resources now available online for teachers and students across the state of Florida.
“If our country is going to continue to advance and move in the right direction and avoid these horrible atrocities from history from ever happening again – education is vital,” said Board Member Ben Gibson.
The museum unveiled a new digital version of its Holocaust education materials, which includes links to all sorts of age-appropriate information and