Rep. O’Neill Supports Adding Holocaust Education to All Connecticut Social Studies Programs

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) tonight supported a bill he cosponsored to include the important issue of the Holocaust and genocide education within Connecticut social studies high school curriculums.

S.B. 452 – An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Holocaust Studies and Genocide Education and Awareness in Social Studies Curriculum – requires Connecticut high school social studies classes teach Holocaust and genocide awareness beginning in the 2019 school year. The bill passed unanimously through the House.

“This legislation means the people of Connecticut, regardless of age, will never forget the Holocaust, or the horrors of any genocide, and I am proud to say I cosponsored this legislation that honors the legacy and sacrifice of so many who gave their lives in defiance of tyranny,” Rep. O’Neill said.  “It has been said many times that those who don’t learn from history are doomed  to repeat it, and I believe this legislation will educate future generations about the abhorrent abuses of power, propaganda and marginalization that allowed the historic and unprecedented abuses that led to the deaths of so many. I will never forget. We will never forget.”

National Public Radio (NPR) recently reported that a study by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that 41 percent of Americans and 66 percent of millennials don’t know about the horrors committed at Auschwitz, and that as many as 41-percent of millennials don’t fully understand the depth of the abuses and crimes committed during the holocaust, including the number of people executed. Astonishingly, the study also found that 22 percent of millennials have never even heard of the Holocaust!

“To think students in 2018, with more access to information than any other group in world history, are unaware of the Holocaust, or the extreme abuses of power that led to the persecution, torture and death of millions of innocent people is astounding, and proves this legislation is necessary.”