Museum to Present Virtual Discussion About NYS Legislation to Strengthen Holocaust Education

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“Terezin from a Window” by Joseph (Jo) Eduard Spier. Gift of Herbert von Peci, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NY.

On Monday, June 7, 2021, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present a virtual discussion on Facebook Live with New York State Assemblymember Nily Rozic and New York State Senator Anna M. Kaplan about their proposed legislation requiring an examination of how comprehensively Holocaust education is taught in schools throughout the state.

The measure, which was introduced in January and has yet to come to a vote, would authorize New York’s Education Commissioner to study whether school districts are complying with State law and providing lessons about the Holocaust, and then report back to State officials. State education law requires that the Holocaust be taught.

The current legislative session ends next week, on Thursday, June 10. The virtual event is being presented to discuss the issue with the bill’s sponsors, and not to express support for any legislator. However, the Museum of Jewish Heritage wholeheartedly endorses comprehensive Holocaust education in schools, particularly given that recent studies have shown considerable lack of knowledge among youth and young adults about the Holocaust.

Each year, the Museum welcomes thousands of school children – from the New York City-Greater metropolitan area –both in-person and virtually, offers professional development for teachers, and provides a free online Holocaust curriculum that was created with the New York City Department of Education.

Moderated by Ben Max, Executive Editor of Gotham Gazette and host of Max Politics on WBAI 99.5 FM, the event will be presented on Monday, June 7 and 5:00 PM (ET) on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofJewishHeritage/. Prior registration is not required to watch.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the Eastern portion of Queens, including the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside, and Douglaston. Senator Anna Kaplan represents the Senate’s 7th District in northwestern Nassau County, including Manhasset, Roslyn Heights, Old Westbury, Mineola, Port Washington, and Westbury.

 

About The Museum Of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

On view are Ordinary Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Jewish Heritage Collection and Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony.

The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

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