50-State Holocaust & Genocide Education Initiative

The numbers are alarming. You may have seen the polls in the news, showing we are losing track of history, especially concerning facts about the history of the Holocaust and other genocides. A survey through the Claims Conference recently revealed that:

  • Nearly 50% of Americans cannot name a concentration camp

  • A quarter of millennials (age 18-34) have not heard of the Holocaust

  • Nearly one-third of all Americans don't believe that more than 6 million Jews were killed in WWII

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 10 states in the US mandate Holocaust and genocide education -- but that number is growing. And there's 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

  • The AFC has commitments from 17 additional states stating their intention to pass this important legislation

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 Holocaust & Genocide Education Initiative, we are working on strategies for expanding mandatory Holocaust and genocide education throughout the 40 states where it is not currently required.

YES: States that currently mandate Holocaust Education:

  1. New York

  2. New Jersey

  3. California

  4. Florida

  5. Rhode Island

  6. Illinois

  7. Indiana

  8. Michigan

  9. Connecticut (legislation passed this year)

  10. Kentucky (legislation passed this year)


IN PROGRESS: Our contacts in the following states have indicated to us that they are committed to passing and/or strengthening their legislation:

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • Georgia

  • Hawaii

  • Idaho

  • Kansas

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Missouri

  • Nebraska

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • South Carolina

  • Virginia

  • Washington













How do we counter ignorance about the Holocaust with knowledge, compassion, and understanding?

The numbers are alarming, but this is why we do what we do.

How You Can Help:

We are seeking partners 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.

We need funding to promote the project to the public, to travel to our growing coalition of partners across the country, and to help develop and share resources for schools, educators, and community leaders. Your tax-deductible donation can help make this goal a reality.

Share this page with your friends, family, and community leaders. Become an advocate for change and help us teach the past to build the peaceful future Anne Frank envisioned.

US states that currently mandate genocide education
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Thank you!