Tallahassee, Fla., November 9, 2022 – Today, at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Education recognizes Holocaust Education Week, observed in recognition of the anniversary of Kristallnacht — widely acknowledged as an event that led to the Holocaust. Holocaust Education Week is an opportunity for students to learn the history of the Holocaust and antisemitism, as well as the consequences that followed.
“Every year, there are fewer Holocaust survivors and brave World War Two veterans who can tell us firsthand stories about the horrors of the Holocaust,” said Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. “Holocaust education is required in Florida’s schools because it is important for the next generation of students to learn about how the evils of antisemitism caused a widespread genocide so that we ensure it will never happen again.”
“As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, my family’s story is an example of the principles of remembrance, hope, and perseverance that Florida students learn during their Holocaust lessons,” said Mike Igel, Chairman of the Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education. “As we recognize Holocaust Education Week, I am proud of Florida’s continued leadership in using Holocaust education to teach future generations the value of taking action to improve the world and acting as Upstanders, no matter the circumstances. Amidst an alarming spike in antisemitism, these lessons belong in every classroom in Florida. I am heartened to know that our state’s leadership is taking bold action to make that a reality.”

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