R 176
2021 -- H 6212
Enacted 04/07/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ackerman, Kislak, Knight, Kazarian, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, McNamara, O'Brien, Filippi, and Potter

Date Introduced: April 07, 2021

     WHEREAS, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), is a solemn day of
remembrance honoring the victims of the Holocaust and those who showed resistance and
amazing heroism during this horrendous period in our world history. Seventy-six years ago,
Soviet forces and shortly thereafter, 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, This year marks the 78th Anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
and 58th Anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial to the Six Million. The citizens of Rhode
Island, having our own rich heritage of resistance and intolerance for those who would trample
individual liberty and dignity, applaud the courageous efforts of the ghetto residents for whom
day to day survival was a relentless struggle. Their brave actions in April and May of 1943 stand
as testimony to a rare and indomitable human spirit and extraordinary courage exhibited in the
darkest hours of man's inhumanity; and
     WHEREAS, Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day to make a special effort to remember
Zachor. It is a time to applaud the men and women who endured and who bravely rebuilt lives
that had been so cruelly shattered. It is also a time to acknowledge, with admiration, those heroes
who risked and often lost their own lives in order to save others; 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 hereby
commemorates "Holocaust Remembrance Day" on April 8, 2021. 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, and we reaffirm our pledge to work to eradicate bigotry,
prejudice, brutality and injustice through education and vigilance; 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.