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Holocaust education requirement advances in Oregon Legislature

Alter Wiener, Holocaust survivor (Wikipedia)

SALEM, Oregon — Schools in Oregon would be required to teach about the Holocaust and genocide under a bill that’s making progress in the legislature.

As America’s greatest generation gets older, the number of people who can tell the stories of the Holocaust is diminishing.

Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, said that’s why it needs to be taught in school.

“We’re in danger of losing the stories and actually losing the education that’s embedded into those stories,” Wagner said.

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton. said children need to know about the Holocaust and other cases of genocide.

“As we do not educate our children about that, we are failing a moral duty,” Steiner Hayward said.

The requirement would start in the 2020 school year and districts would have time to ramp up.

The bill moves to the House.

The Senate also marked the passing of Alter Wiener who told his story to nearly a thousand schools and community groups in Oregon.

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