U.S. President Donald Trump has signed the Never Again Education Act, which seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States.
The official signing Thursday, which coincided with Jewish American Heritage Month, took place in a private ceremony with no outside guests due to travel and other restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The legislation expands the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) education programming to teachers nationwide, requiring the museum to develop and disseminate resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons.
There will also be $2 million allocated annually for this year and each of the next four years to the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, administered by the USHMM’s governing body, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Private donations for the fund will be permitted.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, released statements applauding President Donald Trump for signing the Never Again Education Act.
“This is an important win for our country. With the abhorrent rise in anti-Semitism sweeping across the nation we’ve seen the dramatic impact that ignorance about the Holocaust can have. No student’s education is complete without a firm understanding of the greatest genocide ever committed. This legislation takes an important step forward in ensuring the next generation understands the horrors and dangers of anti-Semitism. I am very grateful to the President for signing this bill into law,” said CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee.
“The President signing this bill today shows what a committed, bipartisan group of elected officials can do when they have the active support of the people and right on their side. We are very grateful to the leaders in Congress who moved this bill forward and to the President for signing this legislation,” noted CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker.