R 065
2023 -- H 5246
Enacted 01/26/2023

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ackerman, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Knight, Boylan, Finkelman, Ajello, Kislak, Corvese, and Chippendale

Date Introduced: January 26, 2023

     WHEREAS, The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, 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, On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more
than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were mostly ill and dying. Shortly thereafter, other Allied
forces liberated the remaining concentration camps, freeing thousands of additional suffering and
starving prisoners. By the time these liberations occurred, roughly two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish
population had been systematically and heinously murdered; and
     WHEREAS, In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution
designating January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the anniversary
of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the
Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism; and
     WHEREAS, This year marks the 78th year anniversary of the end of the infamous and
brutal killing grounds of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and Belson but across our nation, anti-
Semitic hate crimes continue and are rising with messages and incidents of racial, ethnic, and
social intolerance leading to senseless acts of violence that continue to terrorize and marginalize
the more than 18,750 members of the Jewish faith living in Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, Anti-Semitic malevolent attacks are an assault on the humanity of all the
people in our State. 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 "International Holocaust Remembrance Day" on January 27, 2023. 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. In the words of Harvard philosophy professor George Santayana, “Those who cannot
remember the past are condemned to repeat it”; 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.