New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R, C, I, New City) announced that he has introduceda New York State Senate Resolutioncalling on Governor Eliot Spitzer to proclaim April 15-21, 2007 as Holocaust Remembrance Week in the State of New York.
"Six million Jews and scores of other innocent people throughout Europe were slaughtered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, one of the most brutal and devastating of all genocides; a period where intense anti-Semitism, hatred, savagery and inhumanity ravaged Europe from 1933 to 1945, resulting in the senseless murder of millions," said Senator Morahan, who serves as Senate Majority Liaison to the Executive Branch.
During the Holocaust, men, women and children and others targeted by the Nazis were herded to the concentration camps that bore names like Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Chelmno, Sobibor, Belzec, Treblinka and Theresienstadt, where they were met by unspeakable living conditions, inhumane medical experimentation, torture and mass killings. It is estimated that during this period, 5.8 million Jews were murdered. The Jews who perished at Nazi hands comprised two-thirds of all European Jewry, and in countries such as Poland, which before the Second World War included parts of the Ukraine and Belarus, the Jewish death toll surpassed 90 percent
"The Holocaust represents the darkest period in the civilization of mankind and must always be remembered in order to prevent its reoccurrence anywhere else in the world," said Morahan, whose Senate district is home to the Holocaust Museum and Study Center, located in the Village of Spring Valley.