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Tallahassee remembers the Holocaust as a new survey shows the extent of misinformation on the subject

Tom Flanigan
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey was among the Holocaust victim names readers. He later remarked that his memory of a past visit to the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany made the reading a discomfiting exercise

Tallahasse's Holocaust Remembrance Event took place yesterday (Thursday) at Tallahassee Community College. The observance included the reading of the names of Holocaust victims. That marathon reading, which spanned several hours, involved various community members, including Mayor John Dailey.

Even though Holocaust education is mandatory in Florida schools, a new survey by Sachs Media shows 1 out of 10 respondents believed facts about the Holocaust have been exaggerated or distorted or even believed victims somehow deserved to die. Holocaust Education Resource Council head Barbara Goldstein was disappointed but not deterred.

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"It means that's something's falling through the cracks and means we need to do more of what we're doing to make a bigger impact and to educate," she commented.

HERC will receive $300,000 in state funding in the coming year to boost its teaching efforts across North Florida.