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What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Tuesday, September 24, 2013:
The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority." Gypsies, the disabled and some of the Slavic peoples along with other groups the Nazis saw as enemies like Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses and homosexuals were victims. That's from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington -- not from a textbook in Pennsylvania.
But if our guests on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk have their way, it will be.
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Montgomery) will re-introduce legislation this fall to make Holocaust education a mandatory part of the Pennsylvania's curriculum in grades 6 through 12. His proposal was defeated in the House last summer on a 99-99 vote.
Boyle and Rhonda Fink-Whitman, author of the novel 94 Maidens, based on the experiences of her mother, a Holocaust survivor and a vocal supporter, will appear on Tuesday's program.
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Montgomery) and Rhonda Fink-Whitman
Also, another deadly act of terrorism was carried out this weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. The Somali group al Shabab claimed responsibility for attacking a shopping mall and killing more than 60 people.
Appearing on Radio Smart Talk Tuesday is Dr. James Merryman, a professor of anthropology and sociology at Wilkes University. In January 1993, he was one of five Somali experts providing information to the Joint Chiefs and the assistant secretary of state to consider in formulating U.S. intervention in Somalia.
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