“Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” in PA

State Sen. Mike Stack today presented resolutions to five Holocaust survivors from throughout Pennsylvania during the commonwealth’s annual Holocaust commemoration at the state Capitol.

“The atrocities that took place at the hands of the Nazi regime are unfathomable; that these horrifying and tragic moments took place in modern times is even more unsettling. Hatred is like an untreated wound in our society: it festers until it infects an entire nation, much like Hitler’s final solution,” said Stack (D-Philadelphia).

“This ceremony recounts the horrors of the Holocaust every year. But, it does much more than that. It inspires us to do better; to stand up to injustice and hatred and to never forget the Holocaust victims; to teach our children important lessons; and, it unites us to say, ‘Never again’,” he said.

Stack thanked the survivors who received resolutions during the observance, including Freda Lederer, Rose Machelmacher of Harrisburg; Fira Kaganovsky of York; Sam Rosen of Scranton; and David Tuck of Philadelphia.

“Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for being a great example orf courage and perseverance. You teach us how to turn horrific tragedy into actions that make our communities, our commonwealth, our nation and our world a better place to live. We are blessed to have you,” Stack said.

Senate Resolution 68, “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust”:

Designating April 7 through 14, 2013, as “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” in Pennsylvania.

WHEREAS, From 1933 to 1945 six million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust as part of a systematic pogrom of genocide, and millions of other people perished as victims of Nazism; and

WHEREAS, The people of this Commonwealth should always remember the atrocities committed by the Nazis so that such horrors are never repeated and should continually rededicate themselves to the principle of equal justice for all people; and

WHEREAS, The people of this Commonwealth should remain eternally vigilant against all tyranny and should recognize that bigotry provides a breeding ground for tyranny to flourish; and

WHEREAS, April 8, 2013, also recognized as 26 Nisan 5773 in the Hebrew calendar, has been designated internationally as a Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Nazi Holocaust, known as Yom Hashoah; and

WHEREAS, It is appropriate for the people of this Commonwealth to join in the international commemoration; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate designate April 7 through 14, 2013, as “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” in Pennsylvania, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in the hope that we may strive to overcome prejudice and inhumanity through education, vigilance and resistance.

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