With three days left in the legislative session, the knowledge that the Holocaust education bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Representatives fills me with such gratitude. Now, with a stroke of the Governor’s pen, this bill will become law.
When Rabbi Philip Lazowski came up to the Senate to tell me the good news, he was so full of emotion. We wrapped our arms around one another with tears in our eyes thinking about those victims of the most horrific chapter in human history. In my heart, I would like to think that all those victims of the Holocaust are looking down with hope for the many generations to come who will learn about these atrocities and will stand against the persecution of all people.
This legislation has been years in the making. It took a while to ignite, but once that spark took hold it appealed to the goodness of all legislators, both Democrat and Republican.
Rabbi Lazowski and I now hope this great achievement in Connecticut can serve as a model for other states and spread throughout our country. I truly believe that education is the key to ending anti-Semitism and racism.
Promoting and helping to pass this bill is one of the proudest efforts I have ever had the privilege to be a part of in the Connecticut General Assembly.
Sen. Boucher is Co-Chair of the legislature’s Education Committee.