JNS.org – The Phoenix Holocaust Association (PHA) has donated hundreds of books on the Holocaust and other genocides to Arizona prisons.
The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reintegration thanked PHA for the books in a Twitter Publish last month, stating, “These books will be available for educational opportunities on the Holocaust and will be distributed and available in our libraries at prison complexes across the state. “
The effort was led by Ettie Zilber, a member of the board of directors of PHA. She said about 650 books were delivered to Arizona jails on October 18 and that she is working to collect more donations or local second-hand bookstores.
“The response from the public has been fantastic as 95% of the books have been donated by interested people,” she said. “Others donated funds with which we bought additional books. The response from educators, librarians and prison administrators has also been heartwarming. “
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PHA is also working with directors and educators inside prisons to get Holocaust survivors to talk to inmates, Zilber added.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill in August that requires students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and 12th grade. PHA worked on the bill with educators, Holocaust survivors and the Department of Education.