Commissioner of Education’s Task Force on Holocaust Education

Resources and Guidelines for Holocaust Education Week (PDF)

In 1994, the Florida Legislature passed the Holocaust Education Bill (SB 660) which amended Section 233.061 of the Florida Statutes (s. 1003.42(g), Florida Statutes) relating to required instruction. The law requires all school districts to incorporate lessons on the Holocaust as part of public school instruction. This mandate identifies both rationales and strategies for achieving Holocaust literacy. By focusing on key elements, the Task Force has created specific recommendations for the scope, content, and outcomes for Holocaust education in Florida schools.

Section 1003.42(g), Florida Statutes, reads as follows:

  • The history of the Holocaust (1933-1945), the systematic planned annihilation of European Jews and other groups by Nazi Germany, a watershed event in the history of humanity, to be taught in a manner that leads to an investigation of human behavior, an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and an examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions.

As a result of the legislation requiring instruction on the Holocaust, then Commissioner of Education Doug Jamerson appointed a special Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education. The Task Force continues to pursue efforts to help teachers, school administrators, and other educators identify effective instructional strategies and materials for integrating the Holocaust into K-12 classrooms.

Annual Meeting Notes (PDF)

Contact Information:

Barbara Goldstein, Chair
Commissioner of Education’s Task Force on Holocaust Education

Mallory McGovern, Staff Assistant