Oregon Senate OKs requiring Holocaust education in schools

    Recorded testimony from Alter Wiener addressing the legislation that would make Holocaust and genocide education mandatory in Oregon - KATU image.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure requiring schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

    Senators voted 27-0 on Tuesday to include the Holocaust as part of the statewide social studies curriculum. A recent poll found that two-thirds of American millennials surveyed could not identify what Auschwitz is.

    Only 10 states require some level of Holocaust and genocide education in the classroom. Chief sponsor of the bill Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, said that more education is needed to combat the "recent increase in anti-Semitic violence and hate speech" across the country.

    Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, who impacted the lives of many people by telling his story, helped inspire the legislation. Wiener was recently hit and killed by a driver in Hillsboro.

    The measure now goes to the House for approval.

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