Representative Brendan F. Boyle hosted survivors of the Holocaust in Harrisburg. The group led by Chuck Feldman, President of the Holocaust Awareness Museum, arrived early in the morning to lobby elected officials to pass legislation that obligates Pennsylvania schools to teach students about the Holocaust and genocide.
Representative Boyle, who introduced the legislation this session, stood in the main rotunda with the group for a press conference and stated, “We are obligated to ensure that our students are prepared to build a better future. One of the ways we can make sure that happens is if we inform them about the past. Learning about the mistakes of our human history makes it less likely that we will repeat them.” He continued, “We cannot make these lessons optional. As more of the Holocaust’s survivors pass away we need to make sure that their stories and experiences live on. We owe it to them. We owe it to each other. We owe it to our students.”
Representative Boyle’s legislation, House Bill 176, currently waits for action in the Education Committee. Last year Representative Boyale came one vote short in a 99-99 aHouse vote of passing an amendment mandating Holocaust awareness education. Legislation that would accomplish this goal has also been introduced in the state Senate and is expected to come up for a vote soon.