Earlier this week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation improving Holocaust education and support for survivors. The three bills were made state law during a signing ceremony attended by state lawmakers and Jewish advocacy groups.
One of the three bills, named Senate Bill S121B, tasks the New York State Education Department with assessing whether schools are meeting standards on Holocaust education established by previous legislation passed in 1994.
Another, Senate Bill 117A, mandates that museums label pieces of art stolen from Jewish families during the Holocaust with a notice explaining their provenance. “I’m going to make sure for starts that our schools are properly teaching about the Holocaust, as required by law,” Hochul said, adding that Bill 117A is another way to “involve Holocaust education to everyday lives.”
Meanwhile, Senate Bill 8318 orders the New York State Department of Financial Services to issue a list of financial institutions that waive fees for Holocaust survivors receiving reparations, a move aimed to make the practice more widespread in the future.
After signing the three bills, Hochul emphasized her commitment to fighting antisemitism, saying, “As long as I have a breath in my body, I will stand to protect this community and honor the story and the people that had to endure the Holocaust.”