Statement From Andrew Raia On Holocaust Remembrance Day

Internationally-recognized date a time for solemn reflection on Jewish victims of Nazi tyranny
April 21, 2009

“Today is Yom Hashoah, a day of remembrance for the six million Jewish victims of mass murder in Europe, who committed no crime but were targeted simply for their identity,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “Our Long Island community honors the memory of those who perished under Nazi oppression and tyranny, resolved in our commitment to prevent future totalitarian atrocities and proud of the numberless contributions Holocaust survivors have made to this region, our state and country. It is truly a testament to the strength of the Jewish people that out of tragedy was born a remarkable story of survival, and, yes, success as well: consider the many ways in which Jews have enhanced the cultural, intellectual, artistic and economic landscape since the end of World War II. The lessons of that war and the terrible cruelties inflicted on Jewish families will linger with us as long as civilization endures. Holocaust Remembrance Day must demonstrate for us, in the words of Elie Wiesel, that ‘A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.’”