HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND MULTIFAITH COALITION RALLY TO CHANGE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION STANDARDS IN FLORIDA
MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN, JEWISH AND HINDU ORGANIZATIONS CALL ON GOVERNOR DESANTIS TO PROTECT THE MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (6/16/2021) A coalition of organizations and individuals spanning the religious and political spectrum have signed a petition calling on FL Governor Ron DeSantis to adopt the Florida Holocaust Education standards as submitted by Proclaiming Justice to The Nations. The initiative is spearheaded by Dr. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), who was invited by the Florida Department of Education to draft K-12 Holocaust Standards. PJTN formed a task force comprised of Holocaust experts to draft recommendations for K-12 Holocaust standards. The petition condemns the universalization of the Holocaust and the lack of context in which it is currently being recommended by the Florida Holocaust Task Force. Holocaust survivors, parents, professors, school board members and clergy from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths are among those to back the campaign.
“The Holocaust was like no other atrocity in history and must be taught that way. Attempts to bundle the Holocaust into general classes on racism and xenophobia are unacceptable. The Florida legislature passed a law requiring the adoption of K-12 Holocaust Standards. Florida must lead by example and amend the current draft of the standards. It is extremely heart-warming to see the amount of support flooding in for our campaign from across all the religious, political and geographical spectrums,” said Dr. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations.
The petition reads:
- Holocaust education must emphasize the unique nature of the Nazi’s final solution for the Jews, which culminated in the murder of six million Jews and is unlike any other genocide in history.
- Attempts to universalize the Holocaust or use it as a passing reference to teach about racism and inequality are both a falsification of its history and an insult to the memory of six million Jews.
- Holocaust education should be proceeded by years of familiarity with Jews, Jewish culture, traditions and their impact on U.S. and world history. Otherwise, the student’s first interaction with Jews will be through the prism of victimhood and Nazi philosophy. Holocaust education that focuses on Jews as a hated relic of the past is a recipe to fuel antisemitism for generations to come.
- Putting faces on the community and building an emotional connection with living Jews will enable students to better understand the magnitude of the Holocaust and empower them to fight antisemitism.
AVI HYMAN COMMUNICATIONS—ISRAEL
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