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Council supports International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 1, 2019

City Council

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City Council

This week the Council voted to adopt a resolution in support of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Holocaust was an atrocity that occurred during the Second World War, taking the lives of 6 million Jewish people and millions of others, including LGBTQ people and those with disabilities. 

Councilor Zakim, a grandson of refugees from the Holocaust said, “We need to reflect on the continued battle for human rights and civil rights, and remember the past as we think about the future – as we talk about current debates in this country on immigration, building walls and keeping people out that people say don’t belong here in our country.”

Councilor Flynn followed, saying, “It’s important for us to stand up, as we have for so many years, and remember this day, [and] recommit ourselves to making sure that we try to treat everyone fairly, with respect and with dignity.”

The United Nations established January 27 as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in honor of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp.