"It was cool to have a chance to listen to a real person speak about what he went through during the Holocaust. He was the most credible source that we could have. I learned a lot more through his pictures and stories." ~ Boys Latin Charter School student

Holocaust Education Bill Passes in Legislature, Awaits Corbett's Signature

From the Jewish Exponent

The Holocaust and genocide education bill passed unanimously in the state House on Monday, bringing it one step closer to state law.

The bill passed the House of Representatives with a 197-0 vote. Monday's vote follows last week unanimous passage in the state Senate. The measure now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett's signature, which is expected.

The legislation "strongly encourages" but does not require schools to teach Holocaust curriculum. That had been a sticking point for some Holocaust education advocates, but there appears to be greater consensus in the wake of the bill receiving bipartisan support in the Senate.

The legislation, initially proposed by Rep. Paul Clymer, a Republican from Bucks County, calls for providing teachers with Holocaust education and training; establishes a statewide study to determine which schools are teaching the Holocaust and calls for the State Department of Education to require schools to offer such instruction if, after two years, fewer than 90 percent of schools are teaching the subject. It also directs the Department of Education to create a statewide curriculum with the help of organizations like the Shoah Foundation.

Chuck Feldman, president of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center at the Klein JCC, had been among those who saw a mandate as essential for the bill to be effective.

Update - Legacy Project

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center and Flim Films continue working on the Legacy Project. Gunter Hauer, a Holocaust survivor, commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, April 28th by sharing his testimony in front of the camera.

For the next few months we will be filming more of the Holocaust survivors we work with. It's not too late to donate! More donations for our Legacy Project ensures filming of more survivors.

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UPDATE February 27: We've done it. With your help and with the help of your friends, families, and colleagues, we have reached and exceeded our goal of $36,717 to fund this project! This is incredible support from old friends and new friends from around the world! Thank YOU. But it's not over yet. We still have several days until the project expires. Let's keep the momentum up! Please contribute if you can and urge your friends to contribute and share this with their friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and emails.

Today, January 27th, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and we are honoring and remembering the victims, survivors, liberators, resistors and all of that were affected by the Holocaust. On this day we ask you to help carry on the testimonies and memories of our local Holocaust survivors, liberators and resistors by supporting our Kickstarter: "Creating Legacy Videos for Holocaust Survivors Now!"

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center has taken on the task of creating a series of professional documentaries being filmed of all the survivors, liberators and resistors in the Philadelphia area. With this project we hope to ensure that long after our heroes pass away, that their stories are never forgotten.

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