The following information was provided by New England Friends of the March of the Living:
Genocide education will be compulsory in all Massachusetts middle and high schools under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed into law.
The new bill underscores the serious knowledge gap among young Americans that is growing – and becoming more frightening! Examples from recent surveys:
- A high school student asks ‘What’s Auschwitz?’
- Two-thirds of millennials admit not knowing what Auschwitz was.
- 41% of adults don’t know what the Nazi concentration camp was known for.
- Half of millennials and Gen Z’ers have seen Holocaust denial posts online.
- 22% think the Holocaust was associated with World War I. 10% weren’t sure, 5% said the Civil War, and 3% said the Vietnam War.
In an attempt to ensure that the world never forgets the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the New England Friends of March of the Living (MOTL) is offering a $2,000 scholarship for every Jewish Massachusetts high school junior or senior qualifying for the 2022 MOTL trip April 24 – May 8, 2022. “It’s, a life-changing trip to Poland and Israel,” says Aaron Kischel, Director of Teen Programming.” MOTL involves 10,000 teens from 50 countries. He has chaperoned several previous MOTL teentrips.
Kischel says, “Students with Holocaust education are more likely to stand up to negative stereotyping and challenge incorrect, biased information. Education is the best way to prevent ignorance and hate.” Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, said, “When we fail to actively remember the facts, we risk a situation where prejudice and anti-Semitism appear.”
For teen trip details, contact Aaron Kischel: email@example.com / 781-799-4765. For general info, visit https://motlnewengland.org/). Kischel recommends early registration as space is limited. N. E. MOTL Chair Irv Kempner says additional financial aid may be available from temples and organizations.
To make a tax-deductible donation toward scholarships, contact Development Chair Jim Slovin — firstname.lastname@example.org / (508) 846-2448. Contributions may be made via the website https://motlnewengland.org/. New England Friends of MOTL is a tax-exempt charitable organization as defined by Federal tax code section 501(c)(3).