R 181
2021 -- S 0817
Enacted 04/13/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Goldin, Miller, and Raptakis
Date Introduced: April 13, 2021

     WHEREAS, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), which begins at sunset on
the 27th day of the month of Nisan, corresponding to April 7th, 2021, 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, 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, In the year 1933, nine million Jews lived in Europe, 500,000 of whom lived
in Germany, and were subjected to over 400 laws and regulations to strip them of their basic
human rights; and
     WHEREAS, On November 9th and 10th, 1938, referred to as Kristallnacht, Nazis torched
synagogues, Jewish homes, schools, and killed Jewish residents, beginning systemic violence
against Jews in Germany; and
     WHEREAS, This year marks the 78th Anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising,
where Jews fought and refused to surrender to Nazi forces. 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,
so that the lessons of our past are never again repeated. The day is also a time to applaud all those
who endured and who bravely rebuilt lives that had been so cruelly shattered, and acknowledge,
with admiration, those heroes who risked and often lost their own lives in order to save others;
     WHEREAS, On May 14th, 1948, three years after the end of World War II and the death
of six million Jews in the Holocaust, David Ben Gurion's Declaration of Independence
established the modern State of Israel, creating a homeland for Jewish refugees; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Islanders continue a longstanding relationship with the State of
Israel, enriching the cultural diversity of our state's tapestry; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby recognizes the historic significance of the 73rd
Anniversary of the modern State of Israel; 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
Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Memorial Education Center, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode
Island, Mr. Adam Greenman, President and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island
and Avi Nevel, Director, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Israel Collaborative.