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Gov Hochul: Commitment To Holocaust Survivors

August 10, 2022

From Governor Kathy Hochul:

GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS LEGISLATION TO HONOR AND SUPPORT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL, AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Legislation (A.472C /S.121B) Will Help Ensure that New York State Schools are Properly Educating Students on the Holocaust

Legislation (A.3719A/S.117A) Requires Museums To Acknowledge Art Stolen from the Jewish Community during the Nazi Era in Europe

Legislation (A.9338/S.8318) Requires the Department of Financial Services To Publish a List of Banks that Voluntarily Waive Fees for Holocaust Reparation Payments

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a legislative package to honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural, and financial institutions. The legislative package will help ensure schools are providing high-quality Holocaust education, require museums to acknowledge art stolen by the Nazi regime, and require the New York State Department of Financial Services to publish a list of financial institutions that voluntarily waive fees for Holocaust reparation payments.

“As New Yorkers, we are united in our solemn commitment to Holocaust survivors: We will never forget,” Governor Hochul said. “These are individuals who have endured unspeakable tragedy but nonetheless have persevered to build lives of meaning and purpose right here in New York. We owe it to them, their families, and the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust to honor their memories and ensure future generations understand the horrors of this era.”

Legislation (A.472C /S.121B) will help ensure that New York schools are properly educating students on the Holocaust. The legislation directs the New York State Education Department to determine whether school districts across the state have met education requirements on instruction of the Holocaust, which have been required by law since 1994.It will also require NYSED to identify how non-compliant schools will close gaps in knowledge of the Holocaust in schools.