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MAYOR CALDWELL PROCLAIMS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE MONTH

 

Honolulu Hale - Mayor Kirk Caldwell today proclaimed April 2013 to be Holocaust Remembrance Month in the City and County of Honolulu to honor the victims of the Holocaust, raise awareness of the story of life and survival against overwhelming odds, and encourage better understanding of human rights and appreciation of individual differences.

 

It is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, a systematic, organized persecution of Jewish people that began on April 1, 1933, with a boycott of all Jewish-run businesses in Germany, and ended in 1945 when the Nazis were defeated by the allied powers.

 

The Mayor's Proclamation reads as follows:

 

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, a systematic, organized persecution of the Jewish people that began on April 1, 1933, with a boycott of all Jewish-run businesses in Germany, and ended in 1945, when the Nazis were defeated by the allied powers; and

 

WHEREAS, during this tragic period in Adolph Hitler's reign of terror, the Nazis killed six million Jews, approximately two-thirds living in Europe, including an estimated 1.1 million children; and

 

WHEREAS, besides the scale of the slaughter and the industrialized, mechanized, and automated methods used in the mass execution of human life, the Holocaust maximized resources of an entire government with an unprecedented level of planning and precision, unlike all other genocides in history; and

 

WHEREAS, Holocaust Remembrance Month promotes awareness of the dangers of extreme prejudice, baseless hatred, and unspeakable violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust, and underscores the importance of valuing all human life, respecting all minorities regardless of our religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, or social differences and embracing these differences; and

 

WHEREAS, this event seeks to emphasize the positive lessons of this most horrific event, where all definitions of right, wrong, legal, and illegal were distorted; identify the positive lessons learned from this shameful period; and apply these lessons to create communities of respect rather than division,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, KIRK CALDWELL, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, do hereby proclaim April 2013, to be

 

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE MONTH

 

to honor the victims of the Holocaust, to raise awareness of the story of life and survival against overwhelming odds, and to encourage better understanding of human rights and appreciation of individual differences.

 

Done this 30th day of April, 2013, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE MONTH

 

 

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Jesse Broder Van Dyke

Communications Director

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Direct: (808) 768-6928

Cell: (808) 489-0341

jbrodervandyke@honolulu.gov