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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 12, 2019 10:27 AM
From: Representative Dan Frankel
To: All House members
Subject: Holocaust Remembrance 2019
The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution of 6 million Jewish men, women and children by the Nazi regime. The Nazis believed that Germans were “racially superior” and they wanted to create a “racially pure” state. Jews were considered a threat to the so-called German racial community. Other groups, including Soviet prisoners of war, gay men and women, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mentally and physically disabled individuals, Communists, and trade unionists were also targeted.

Now, 80 years later, we are again seeing a rise in anti-Semitic words and attacks – precursors to the violence that wiped out two thirds of Europe’s Jewish population. In 2018, Pittsburgh suffered the most deadly anti-Semitic attack to ever take place on American soil, when man gunned down 11 people and wounded others celebrating Shabbat services in their Synagogue.

As we work to ensure that the horror of the Holocaust are never repeated, we know that no tool is more important than education.

It is in this spirit that, every year, I introduce a resolution commemorating the people who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Please join me in proclaiming the week of April 28 through May 5, 2019, as "Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust" and May 2, 2017, as “Holocaust Remembrance Day” in the Commonwealth.

Introduced as HR274