"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)

House Republicans Vote Down Boyle Amendment Requiring Holocaust Education

Harrisburg, June 19th – An amendment by state Rep. Brendan F. Boyle that would have required Pennsylvania schools to teach the Holocaust and other examples of genocide as part of their curriculum was defeated today as the Pennsylvania House, led by the Republican majority, voted down his amendment to HB1424 by a split 99-99 vote. Instead, what passed was weaker legislation which only gave limited direction to Pennsylvania schools that voluntarily choose to teach the subject. According to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research, five states have enacted laws requiring the teaching of the Holocaust in schools: California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

“The failure of the legislature to pass my amendment to require Pennsylvania public schools to teach the history of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide is another example of misplaced priorities. The histories of these events cannot be ignored. If Pennsylvania students are truly to grow into tolerant and worldly citizens equipped with the knowledge and education to prevent future atrocities they must be aware of our human history.” Boyle said. “This nation has always been proud of our ability to lead with a firm understand of world events. As more and more Holocaust survivors pass away we must ensure that their stories and voices remain strong in the mind of Pennsylvania’s students. Knowing our history is the only way to ensure that the mistakes of our past are never repeated.”

Annual USHMM Professional Development Trip

Are you a teacher looking for an opportunity to learn how to effectively teach the Holocaust to your students? Or are you new to teaching the Holocaust and want to learn how to effectively teach the Holocaust to your students?

Then join us on Thursday June 27th, 2013 for a professional development trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Cost is $50 per person ($5 discount for Museum members).

Register now. RSVP deadline is Friday June 14. We have a waiting list--please contact us

  • 7am departure from the Holocaust Awareness Museum, 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116
  • 4pm departure from the USHMM, returning to the Holocaust Awareness Museum between 8-9pm
  • Lunch will be provided. Dinner is on your own at the Chesapeake House rest stop on I-95
  • On bus talks and trip escort by Ruth Hartz, Holocaust survivor, Mike Dickerman, Professor, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Richard Stockton College and Gratz College, and Phil Holtje, Program Director, Holocaust Awareness Museum
  • Reserved admission to the USHMM
  • Professional Development Workshop with Christina Chavarria, Program Coordinator, National Institute for Holocaust Education -- "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust"

Please select your choice of lunch sandwich from the following and include it in your RSVP:

  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Corned Beef
  • Vegetarian
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