NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new program at a Brooklyn middle school is educating students about the Holocaust.

The “Project Witness” program is taking place as anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in New York City.

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The NYPD reports a 20% hike in those incidents in 2019 with 229 attacks. That’s compared to 185 in 2018.

Project Witness was rolled out Thursday at Elijah Stroud Middle School in Prospect Heights.

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The program includes a speech from a Holocaust survivor.

“My mother, my father, my brother and all of his family were destroyed by the Nazis with relatives counting about 200 people,” survivor Dr. Moshe Katz said.

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The New York City Council’s hate crime prevention initiative is helping fund the program.