Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act Introduced by Rep. Maloney

Legislation Would Increase Education About the Holocaust,

Continuing the Work of Simon Wiesenthal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D- Manhattan, Queens) would increase the federal government’s support for programs to educate Americans about the Holocaust. Maloney’s bill, the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act, took on an added urgency in light of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s recent allegations that the Holocaust is a “myth.”

The Wiesenthal Act authorizes $2 million in federal funds to help educational organizations bolster their Holocaust education programs, many of which suffer from a lack of resources. Several states currently require that the Holocaust be taught in public school curricula.

Representatives Brian Higgins, Rush Holt, Sherrod Brown, Jim McDermott, Alcee Hastings, Gary Ackerman, James P. McGovern, Jim Moran, Jan Schakowsky, Howard Berman, Stephen Lynch, Wm. Lacy Clay, Carolyn McCarthy, Anthony Weiner, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Tom Lantos have all signed on as co-sponsors of the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act.