New Jersey Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Commission on Holocaust Education Approves Armenian Genocide Curriculum

TRENTON–New Jersey’s General Assembly voted 79 to 0 on June 22 approving of a joint resolution commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide–while the state-appointed Commission on Holocaust Education announced a comprehensive curriculum on the Armenian genocide.

The resolution–which was sponsored by State Assembly members Joan Voss (D-38) and Robert Gordon (D-38)–honors the memory of the 1.5 million Armenia’s who were killed by the Ottoman Turks. "This joint resolution recognizes the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and acknowledges the criminal mistreatment of the Armenia’s by the governmen’s of the Ottoman Empire as an issue of international and historic significance," it says–in part.

"Man’s inhumanity to man knows no bounds," said Voss–whose commen’s were echoed by Gordon–and Assemblymen William Payne (D-29)–Bill Baroni (R-14)–and former Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian.

New Jersey officials have played a strong role in spearheading human rights education since 1982–which has led to the inclusion of Armenian genocide studies as part of the statewide curriculum. The action–announced by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education (NJCHE)–marks the first time that a stand-alone curriculum on the Armenian genocide will be incorporated in US public and private schools.

The new curriculum consists of the resource book on the Armenian genocide developed by the Facing History and Ourselves Foundation (FHAO) titled "Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: the Genocide of the Armenia’s," which will be distributed to middle and high schools throughout New Jersey–along with a guide to teachers prepared by the NJCHE.

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