NYC Schools Partner With Jewish Museum To Fight Hate With Knowledge

Peter Haskell
January 15, 2020 - 2:27 pm
Museum Of Jewish Heritage

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With anti-Semitism and hate crimes on the rise, New York City is turning to education to combat hate.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Wednesday that the Department of Education is partnering with the Museum of Jewish Heritage to teach children what can happen when name-calling turns to inhumanity and violence.

“To ensure a safer and more welcoming future, we must teach our children about the destructive force of hate,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage will give all our students and their families the chance to learn about our past to create a better future.”

Under the partnership, eighth and tenth grade students from three predominantly Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn — Crown Heights, Borough Park and Williamsburg — will take field trips to the museum's Auschwitz exhibit. The goal is to help students better understand the impact of anti-Semitism.

"The history we tell about this institution is not just what hate did 80 years ago, but what hate can do here and now in our own communities," the museum's president and CEO Jack Klieger said.

"I want you to put yourself in the time and the place, I want you to think about what it would have been like for you," Carranza said to a group of eighth graders from P.S. 84 in Williamsburg visiting the museum on Wednesday.

The students were serious and subdued as they looked at artifacts from Auschwitz, WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported.

"It's very emotional," one student said. "So many people were killed."

Also under the partnership, all New York City public school families with students 12 and over will be able to visit the museum free of charge.