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St. Francis Holocaust Education

Caring became classroom work for students at St. Francis of Assisi School as they pursued the passage of HJR 6, a bill aimed at making Holocaust education a requirement for Kentucky students, in the 2008 Kentucky General Assembly. HJR6 was sponsored in the House by Louisville Rep. Mary Lou Marzian.

St. Francis’ Holocaust education program was started by teacher Fred Whittaker after a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC with Louisville survivor Ernie Marx.

According to the museum web site, at least 21 states have laws that encourage the teaching of the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews lost their lives during World War II.

Update: This segment originally aired in March 2008. On May 8, Gov. Steve Beshear signed the Ernie Marx Holocaust & Genocide Education Bill into law. The ceremony took place at St. Francis of Assisi Church, adjacent to the school in Louisville. Among the more than 500 witnesses: the family of the late Ernie Marx; several area Holocaust survivors; and teacher Fred Whittaker and the St. Francis 8th-grade classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008, all of whom worked on passing the bill.

Program 219
Award-winning Holocaust education program, Squallis Puppeteers, stargazing at Rauch Planetarium, and the Louisville link to a once popular children's book series. Plus, in the midst of MS Awareness Month, a visit from Whitney Vogel of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter. (#219)