Holocaust Education, Hate Crimes Addressed at Hearing

“We need financial support,” experts tell U.S. lawmakers

By Jeffrey Thomas
Washington File Staff Writer

Washington — Successful programs aimed at battling anti-Semitism and intolerance in Europe and Eurasia could be in jeopardy if they do not receive more funding, according to experts who testified before a congressional committee May 9.

“We need financial support,â€? said Paul Goldenberg and Kathrin Meyer, both of whom are advisors to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR).

Goldenberg, the former chief of New Jersey’s hate crimes unit, emphasized the special threat such crimes pose to a democracy. “The consequences are infinitely more far-reaching than other types of crimes, for these are the events that can divide communities, neighborhoods and states,â€? he said. Hate crimes “can create tension where none had existed, and breed dissent where once there was harmony, and incite distrust where once there was collaboration.â€?