Oregon public school students will now learn about the Holocaust, and the horrors behind it, thanks to a student who befriended a survivor.
Four years ago, Oregon public school student Claire Sarnowski met Holocaust survivor Alter Weiner and befriended him. After he passed away last December, Sarnowski approached state Sen. Rob Wagner to share Weiner’s wish to teach students about the Holocaust.
Gov. Kate Brown signed the measure, co-sponsored by Wagner, last week.
NPR and other media outlets reported in April that a survey of Americans found 22 percent of Millenials have never heard of the Holocaust and 66 percent of that age group has never heard of the Auschwitz death camp.
Weiner, who was born in Poland, survived five different concentration camps until he was liberated in 1945. He lost most of his family, including his father, The Washington Post reported.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute tells OneNewsNow that this newest generation of students needs to learn about the Holocaust.
"The teaching about the Holocaust is valuable,” he says, “for a whole new generation of Millennials to understand that this kind of atrocity that has happened in the past can happen again."