R 089
2020 -- H 7316
Enacted 01/28/2020

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ackerman, Knight, Kislak, Mattiello, and Shekarchi
Date Introduced: January 28, 2020

     WHEREAS, Seventy-five years ago, Soviet forces and shortly thereafter, other Allied
forces, liberated Auschwitz and other concentration camps, liberating thousands of suffering and
starving prisoners; and
     WHEREAS, Holocaust is the term used to refer to the period in world history from 1933
to 1945, before and during World War II, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazis systematically and
barbarically persecuted and murdered nearly six million Jews and another five million non-Jews
throughout Europe because they were perceived to be "racially inferior" and "life unworthy of
life"; and
     WHEREAS, The infamous and brutal killing grounds of Auschwitz, Buchenwald,
Dachau and Belson, today house the unnatural quiet and ghostly calm of somber rows of sanitized
barracks and rusting ovens, and stand as speechless memorials to the six million Jews and eleven
million total victims who succumbed to the deliberate Nazi program of genocide that was the
Holocaust; and
     WHEREAS, The white nationalist and neo-Nazi messages of racial, ethnic, and social
intolerance has led to senseless acts of violence that continue to terrorize and marginalize
members of racial and religious minority communities; and
     WHEREAS, Currently, across our nation, anti-Semitic hate crimes are rising. Between
2016 and 2017, there was an increase of 57 percent nationally, the largest single-year record. In
Rhode Island, the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes also rose from zero in 2014 and 2015 to
nine in 2016 and 2017; and
     WHEREAS, Anti-Semitic malevolent attacks are not only an affront to the more than
16,000 members of the Jewish faith living in Rhode Island, they are an assault on the humanity of
all the people in our State; and
     WHEREAS, In the words of famed writer Elie Wiesel, "There may be times when we are
powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." Rhode
Islanders and people of all nations must take the time to remember the millions of men, women
and children who were slaughtered simply because of their beliefs and their heritage, or their
strengths or their frailties, and we must firmly avow that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never
be repeated; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island Providence
Plantations hereby commemorates "International Holocaust Remembrance Day" on January 27,
2020. We call upon our fellow citizens to join us in remembering and honoring the amazing
courage and the enormous sacrifices of all those killed during the Holocaust. We moreover
reaffirm our pledge to work to eradicate bigotry, prejudice, brutality and injustice through
education and vigilance and we stand united in rejecting and condemning vile and intolerable acts
of anti-Semitism and hatred; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the United States Holocaust Museum, the
Rhode Island Holocaust Museum, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, the Jewish
Community Center of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Israel Collaborative.