50-State Initiative
for Holocaust & Genocide Education

Children learn from adults how to blame, hate, and bully one another. With the resurgence of white supremacy, ethnic genocide, and race-based discrimination, now more than ever we need to recognize repeating patterns, so we can prevent the horrors of the past from happening again.

Currently only about 25% of states in the US mandate education addressing the dangers of religious, racial, and other forms of hatred and bigotry including the history of the Holocaust and other genocides.​


That leaves most of the country without such mandatory education. The process of getting legislation passed in a state is complicated but not impossible. But here is some good news:

  • The majority of Americans believe all students should learn about the Holocaust in school

  • The public recognizes that education is the key to preventing genocide, in any form throughout the world

  • There are many organizations and individuals committed to this cause.

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Thank you!

How Can You Help?

You can volunteer to help promote the initiative, establish strategies for outreach, and connect with key institutions, government leaders, and school districts. Please email us for more information, to volunteer to help, or to connect us with key partners.

Bring our programs to a school in your area, by helping us connect with your local teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and superintendents, and by helping to raise funding for educational exhibits, performances, and teacher trainings.

Help raise money to promote the project in your state by hosting an event, connecting us with partners, or personally making a tax-deductible contribution.

Share this page with your friends and family. Become an advocate for change and make a difference!

The Anne Frank Center has worked with partners for more than a decade in advancing this project, which has recently gained momentum in the current national environment. Through the 50-State Initiative, we are working on strategies for expanding educational mandates throughout the areas where it is not currently taught — and furthermore, assisting schools with supplemental programs to help share the curriculum effectively.