A Historic Day in the Wisconsin State Legislature

By Michael Blumenfeld

The Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously adopted the following on April 13, 2021:

Senate Bill 69, Holocaust education legislation: A bill that mandates that Wisconsin students receive instruction on the Holocaust at least once in middle school and once in high school. The bill has 80 sponsors and is now on the way to the Governor’s desk for his signature. See Senate Bill 69 >

Assembly Joint Resolution 31, a resolution remembering the millions of victims of the Holocaust; honoring the survivors, liberators, and resistors; and committing to educating future generations. sponsored by Speaker Robin Vos and several other legislators. See Assembly Joint Resolution 31 >

Assembly Joint Resolution 33, proclaiming May 2021 as Jewish American Heritage Month. Sponsored by the three Jewish legislators and several others. See Assembly Joint Resolution 33 >

Video: Prior to the legislative session on April 13, Assembly leadership released a video of an interview of Eva Zaret relating to the Holocaust Education bill that was put together by the State Assembly. Eva is a holocaust survivor from Milwaukee who has tirelessly advocated for Holocaust education in Wisconsin and testified at every legislative public hearing on AB55/SB 69. Watch the Video on YouTube >

Press Release 4/13/21: Wisconsin Jewish Community Applauds Passage of Holocaust Education Bill
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle 4/13/21: Holocaust education bill is approved by state Assembly

Michael Blumenfeld is executive director of the Wisconsin Jewish Conference, a beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation of Madison, advocating on behalf of Wisconsin’s Jewish community before our state government.