Sen. Kahn leads Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony
Thursday, April 23, 2009
LANSING - State Sen. Roger Kahn led the “Never Again: What You Do Matters” Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony at the state Capitol Wednesday, serving as master of ceremonies.
“It was truly a great honor to be asked by the Michigan Jewish Conference to lead such an important and solemn ceremony,” said Kahn, R-Saginaw Township. “By remembering victims of the Holocaust and recognizing the survivors, rescuers and liberators, we help ensure that such brutal inhuman behavior never happens again.”
Boy Scouts from troops 33, 179, 364 and 1032 served as the honor guard and presented the event’s colors. The service featured survivor Abe Pasternak and a candle lighting ceremony. More than 80 Holocaust survivors were honored at the event.
Additional participants included First Gentleman Daniel Mulhern, Rabbi Amy Bigman from Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing, singer and guitarist Sandor Slomovits and Michigan Jewish Conference President Neal Elyakin.
Kahn sponsored the resolution declaring April 19-26 as “Holocaust Remembrance Week” in Michigan to observe the 64th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.
Holocaust Remembrance Week is a solemn time of commemoration honoring victims and those who showed resistance and heroism.
Six million Jews were murdered and millions more, including Gypsies, the handicapped, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.
“By commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Week every year we send a loud and clear message to the world: never again,” Kahn said.
Editor’s note: A photo of Sen. Kahn attending the Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony is available on the Senate Majority Photowire.
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