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ALBANY, NY (WENY) – Last month Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation to support and honor holocaust survivors in educational, cultural, and financial institutions. Today, Gov. Hochul highlighted her offices continued efforts to combat this issue.
“Let’s just hit it right out there, the rise in antisemitism is a deep personal concern to me as a human being and a leader of this state,” she said.
According to World Population Review, New York has the largest Jewish population in the United States.
Hochul signed the legislative package to protect Holocaust survivors on Aug. 10, 2022. The legislation has three parts. The first, to help ensure that New York State schools are properly educating students on the Holocaust. The Second, requiring museums to acknowledge art stolen from the jewish community during the Nazi era in Europe. And third, requiring the Department of Financial Services to publish a list of banks that voluntarily waive fees for Holocaust reparation payments.
“As New Yorkers, we are united in our solemn commitment to Holocaust survivors: We will never forget,” Governor Hochul state in a press release. “These are individuals who have endured unspeakable tragedy but nonetheless have persevered to build lives of meaning and purpose right here in New York. We owe it to them, their families, and the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust to honor their memories and ensure future generations understand the horrors of this era.”
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