Local Rabbi speaks out about the Holocaust being in school curriculum

Synagogue (Shelby Reilly/News 10).

A new law in Oregon will require all schools in the state to include the Holocaust and genocide into their curriculum.

A local Rabbi from the Synagogue Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland is happy that kids will be learning about such an important event in history, even though it was a tragic one.

"It feels so good that our Legislature, Republicans and Democrats, came together to realize the necessity of education about the Holocaust," Rabbi David Zaslow said.

Rabbi Zaslow says that he thinks we sometimes take advantage of the fact that everyone knows about the Holocaust, but that may not always be the case with the younger generation. He mentions that there have been high school students who don't know anything about the Holocaust or what it was.

"The Holocaust against the Jews during World War 2. We took it for granted that our students knew about it," Rabbi Zaslow said.

Rabbi Zaslow also mentions that yes, this was a horrible event, but you can’t prevent tragedies from happening again without recognizing the ones from the past.

"It's not up to God to stop a Holocaust from happening, it's up to human beings. So Holocaust education is a prevention for the future," Zaslow said.

The new law will take effect at the beginning of the 2020 school year.

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