§5-28-1. Legislative findings

Published: 2015

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WVC 5 - 28 - 1

§5-28-1. Legislative findings.

The Legislature finds and declares:

(1) That the holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis during the

period between one thousand nine hundred thirty-three and one

thousand nine hundred forty-five resulted in the genocide of six

million Jews and millions of non-Jews as part of a carefully

orchestrated central government program;

(2) That the holocaust stands as a grim reminder and warning

to all generations of genocidal crimes and atrocities committed by

man based on ignorance and fear and that all people should

rededicate themselves to the principles of human rights and equal

protection under the laws of a democratic society;

(3) That education can ensure that citizens are knowledgeable

about the events leading up to the holocaust and about the

organizations and facilities that were created and used

purposefully for the systematic destruction of human beings and

that the lessons of holistic trust and respect for peoples of

various cultures are important for the citizens of West Virginia as

they enter the global marketplace and economy;

(4) That programs, workshops, institutes, seminars, exhibits

and other teacher training and public awareness activities for the

study of the holocaust have taken place during recent years, but a

central resource for schools, churches and communities studying the

holocaust is needed;

(5) That, toward that end, the governor, by executive order No. 2-98, dated the sixteenth day of April, one thousand nine

hundred ninety-eight, created and established the West Virginia

holocaust commission on education; and

(6) That, in furtherance of the intent and purposes of the

aforesaid executive order, it is the intent of the Legislature to

create a permanent state commission which, as an organized body and

on a continuous basis, will survey, design, encourage and promote

implementation of holocaust education and awareness programs in

West Virginia and will be responsible for organizing and promoting

the memorialization of the holocaust on a regular basis throughout

the state.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session

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