The Arizona House Education Committee unanimously passed House Bill 2682 for Holocaust education today on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where historians estimate more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, were murdered by Nazis.
House Bill 2682 requires students be taught about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and twelfth-grades.
“Some of us Holocaust survivors are getting up in age, and they won’t be here for a long time to tell about it,” said Theresa Dulgov, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary who has taught for more than 30 years, many of them in Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson.
Video by Morgan Willis/ AZEdNews: Theresa Dulgov on House Bill 2682 on Holocaust education
Dulgov said that when many of her fellow teachers taught about World War II, she would go in their class to provide a small lesson to teach students about the Holocaust from a survivor’s point of view.
“We have to make sure that children remember, so it does not happen again,” Dulgov said. “You can’t forget what happened.”
House Bill 2682 was sponsored by Rep. Alma Hernandez (D -District 3), a former student of Dulgov, with 58 other representatives and 23 senators as co-sponsors. The bill received a due pass recommendation by 10 House Education Committee members with no nays and no members absent.
Rep. Nancy Barto, (R – District 15), thanked Rep. Alma Hernandez for bringing the bill forward and the Holocaust survivors for sharing their stories.
“People can do horrible things to other people, and just because we haven’t experienced it to the level that it’s been experienced by people in other nations then and now in different respects, we are not immune,” Rep. Barto said.