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New NY Holocaust Law Strengthens Education, Looted Art, Reparations Issues

(New York Jewish Week) — Holocaust education in New York schools overhauled, NY museums obliged to alert visitors if works may have been stolen during World War II can be Wednesday.

Hochul signed three separate Holocaust-related bills into New York state law in a ceremony at the Jewish Heritage Museum in Battery Park. A third law would increase pressure on banks to assess fees for payments related to Holocaust reparations.

The Holocaust Education Bill — organizer Senator Anna Kaplan, a Democrat from Great Neck, and Rep. Nilly Logic, a Democrat from Queens, will authorize the school board to conduct an investigation into Holocaust leadership in the state.

2020 Claims Conference Survey on Holocaust Literacy Knowledge of the Holocaust was found to be particularly low in New Yorkeven though the state has the largest Jewish population in the country.

“What is the real meaning of teaching it?” Ho-chul asked rhetorically. “Are you saying there’s a sentence in the history books when you’re learning about World War II, or is that really what you’re being taught?”

Hochul also noted rising reports of anti-Semitism in New York and said Holocaust education was a way to combat this trend.

“We will continue to work with our Jewish brothers and sisters because we know what happens when people close their eyes,” Hochul said.

During a press conference, Hochul, who is running for a full term as governor against Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Jewish Republican congressman from Long Island, spoke to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a speech in New York in June. also fired. At a conservative Jewish conference, he told attendees to move to his state.

“To the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home, thank you for calling New York home,” Hochul said. “There is no better state. Florida is overrated. Look at the governor.”

A second law signed by Hochul, sponsored by Nassau County Council member Chuck Lavine, requires museums to submit notices acknowledging the seizure, confiscation, or theft of art during the Nazi era in Europe. is what you request.

“They didn’t go buy these,” Hochul said. “These have been stolen from their rightful owners during this time of reign of terror.

Under the terms of a third bill sponsored by Rep. Simcha Eikenstein of Brooklyn, state officials would create a list of financial services institutions that would waive wire or processing fees associated with Holocaust reparations payments, We hope to put pressure on other institutions to do the same.

“There are banks doing the right thing,” said Hochul. “The rest of you, better catch up. Banks should not be profiting from these individuals.”

Celia Kenner, a Holocaust survivor born in Poland in 1935, spoke about the importance of education bills and once told her story to a young student.

“That young man, he needs us,” said Kenner. “Every student needs us to learn and tell what really happened. The consequences of ignorance are truly tragic.”

Kaplan added another important layer to the bill by talking about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine used Holocaust misinformation as an excuse for war.

“No matter how dark and difficult the conversation is, it’s important that we all know our history and teach the next generation about it,” Kaplan said.

According to the New York Anti-Defamation League, lead the country There will be a 24% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2021 compared to 2020. His tally included 51 assaults, the highest number his ADL in New York has ever recorded.