Albany, NY Yesterday, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic spoke on the Assemblys resolution commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day (K700) which she authored. The resolution recognizes the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The date was established by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.
Holocaust Remembrance Day serves to ensure that we remember a painful past and never forget the horrors of the Holocaust, said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. We have a communal responsibility to speak out on behalf of the oppressed and denounce anti-Semitism and intolerance in all its manifestations.
Marisa L. Hollywood, Associate Director of The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center located on the campus of Queensborough Community College CUNY said: Passage of the resolution to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York State underscores how crucial Holocaust education is, especially as anti-Semitic attacks are occurring at an alarming rate. This year we are also commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, in what was then occupied Poland. Both remembrances are occurring during particularly fraught times when Holocaust memory is fading as the surviving population is dwindling while the tragedy is being actively distorted and denied. Our mission is to help our students and community who live and work in one of the most diverse boroughs in the country understand how and why this tragic history is more relevant than ever. In doing so, we teach and empower them to become agents of positive social change in their lives and in their communities.
Rozic has led efforts to secure funding in the state budget to provide services and programming for survivors as they face struggles directly related to their experiences in the Holocaust.
Nearly three in ten Americans are unsure how many Jewish people were murdered in the Holocaust while over 45% of millennials cannot name a single concentration camp or ghetto, according to two recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center and Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
The full text of the resolution is below.
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 27, 2020, as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the State of New York
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official days that are set aside to increase awareness of serious events that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-standing tradition, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 27, 2020, as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day; and
WHEREAS, From 1933 to 1945, 5.8 million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust as part of a systematic program of genocide, and millions of other people also perished as victims of Nazism; and
WHEREAS, Jews who fell under German control in Eastern and Central Europe were quickly stripped of their rights and property; and
WHEREAS, The Jews who perished at Nazi hands comprised two-thirds of all European Jewry, and in countries such as Poland, which before the second World War included parts of the Ukraine and Belarus, the Jewish death toll surpassed 90 percent; and
WHEREAS, The year 2020 marks the 87th Anniversary of the beginning of the genocide of European Jews, the bleakest, most murderous moment in history; and
WHEREAS, The Holocaust represents the darkest period in the civilization of mankind and must always be remembered in order to prevent its reoccurrence anywhere else in the world; and
WHEREAS, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27th each year, is a day set aside for remembering the millions of victims of the Holocaust; this date was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on November 1, 2005, as it marks the date when Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet Troops in 1945; and
WHEREAS, This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; Remembrance ceremonies are held throughout the United States and around the world to remember the tragedy of the Holocaust on January 27th, including at Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and in the halls of the United Nations in New York City; and
WHEREAS, It is critically important to remember the events of the Holocaust to ensure that the events shall "never again" happen, as has been the rallying cry among the Jewish people; and
WHEREAS, In times of war and chaos, with the threat of genocide and ethnic cleansing present in many war-torn regions of the world, the events of the Holocaust continue to be relevant and important to remember so that suffering on this scale truly never does happen again; and
WHEREAS, Knowing that the events and root causes of the Holocaust must not be forgotten and that, particularly as survivors diminish in number, links must be forged to educate future generations; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 27, 2020, as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York.