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January 24, 2014

Why is Sacramento, CA the only major city that does not have a Holocaust Museum?

Filed under: California, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:19 pm

Sacramento is the Capital city of California. The city has many famous museums, including a Railroad Museum, an Automobile Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, and the State Indian Museum.  But no Holocaust Museum.  Why is that?

Many years ago, there was a proposed Holocaust Museum for Sacramento, but the plan was canceled when the Armenians wanted to be included.  Holocaustians do not want to acknowledge that there was an Armenian genocide because this would take away from the Holocaust, which is the worst crime ever committed in the entire history of the world.

Now California wants to adopt a “Genocide Curriculum Measure,” which would mandate the teaching of the Armenian Genocide in California schools.  California is one of the 5 states in America which has mandatory Holocaust education.

The following quote is from an article in today’s news, which you can read at http://www.armenianweekly.com/2014/01/24/california-assembly-panel-adopts-genocide-curriculum-measure/:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Standing strong against Armenian Genocide denial, the California State Assembly Education Committee unanimously adopted AB-659 on Jan. 15 a measure introduced by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian which would bolster the commitment of the State of California to teach of the Armenian Genocide to public school students in Grades 7-12.

Following the hearing, Nazarian said, “It was with great pride that I introduced AB 659, a bill that will call for the adoption of an oral testimony component in teaching students about the Armenian Genocide. I would like to thank the ANCA-WR for their assistance with this bill and look forward to their continued support as AB 659 makes its way to the Assembly floor. I would like to also commend my fellow colleagues on the Assembly Committee on Education in voting unanimously on the side of truth and justice”

Testifying forcefully in support of the measure was ANCA Western Region Legislative Affairs Director Haig Baghdassarian. Turkish American groups presented a diatribe of genocide denial, which compelled Committee Chairwoman Joan Buchanan and fellow Committee members Rocky Chavez and Shirley Weber to set the record straight about the importance of speaking clearly about genocide and historical injustices.

I previously blogged here about the “Fresno Indians” which is what Armenians living in California are sometimes called.  Note that the new legislation was sponsored by Adrin Nazarian, who is Armenian.

You can read more about the Armenian Genocide controversy on this blog: http://armeniangenocideblog.wordpress.com/tag/armenian-genocide-recognition/