New York, NY – Today, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic spoke on the Assembly’s resolution commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day (K23) which she authored and introduced. 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 make sure 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.”
Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie said: "Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a stark reminder of what can happen when corrosive hate is allowed to take root. As we embark on the next four years, it is important that we come together to support one another to ensure our communities are safe for all New Yorkers."
Rozic has led efforts to secure funding in the state budget to provide social services and programming for Holocaust survivors across New York. Rozic also sponsors state legislation to ensure the Holocaust is adequately taught in New York schools’ curriculum, in compliance with the existing requirements.
The full text of the resolution is below.
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2021
WHEREAS, From 1933 to 1945, 5.8 million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust as a 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 2021 marks the 86th 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, 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 “ever 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 commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.