The Holocaust bill, An Act To Require Education about the Holocaust, which Sen. Louis Luchini, D-Ellsworth, is shepherding through the Maine Legislature would require public school students to learn about the extermination of 6 million European Jews during World War II. LD 1050 would require Maine’s education commissioner to develop a Holocaust curriculum about the “discriminatory and genocidal laws, policies or actions targeted against groups of individuals based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation … from January 1, 1933 to December 31, 1945, in Nazi Germany or in any European country allied with or occupied by Nazi Germany.”

Ellsworth high school teacher, Heidi Omlor, who teaches a course on the Holocaust recommended this legislation because education about the Holocaust and genocide is “ often severely lacking.”

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