California Gov. Newsom launches Council on Holocaust education

The initiative will be tasked with identifying instructional resources to teach students across the state about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

California's Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media after casting his vote at a voting center at The California Museum for the presidential primaries on Super Tuesday in Sacramento, CA, U.S., March 3, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/GABRIELA BHASKAR/FILE PHOTO)
California's Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media after casting his vote at a voting center at The California Museum for the presidential primaries on Super Tuesday in Sacramento, CA, U.S., March 3, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS/GABRIELA BHASKAR/FILE PHOTO)

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday the launch of the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education during a visit to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

The initiative will be commissioned with identifying instructional tools to teach students across the state about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide, to provide young people with the tools necessary to recognize and respond to on-campus instances of antisemitism, according to the governor's office. 

The council said it will develop a volunteer speaker’s bureau of individuals – including Holocaust survivors – that can engage teachers and students in conversation about the lessons of genocide. 

Governor Newsom visits Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Courtesy Governor Newsom visits Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Courtesy

“We find ourselves in a moment of history where hate pervades the public discourse,” Newsom said. “National surveys have indicated a shocking decline in awareness among young people about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

"But in California, we are offering an antidote to the cynicism that this is how things are, and responding to that hate the best way we know how – with education and empathy.”