Days of Remembrance Week
Sunday, April 18 through Sunday, April 25, 2004
Mayor Presents Days of Remembrance Proclamation
at Congregation Ahavath Torah
Mayor Pictured with Rabbi Goldin
TEXT USED BY MAYORS NATIONWIDE, SUGGESTED BY NATIONAL AUTHORITY
WHEREAS, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims – six million were murdered; Gypsies, the handicapped, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.
WHEREAS, the history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies, and governments, and
WHEREAS, we the people of the City of Englewood should always remember the terrible events of the Holocaust and remain vigilant against discrimination, hatred, persecution, and tyranny, and
WHEREAS, we the people of the City of Englewood should actively rededicate ourselves to the principles of individual freedom in a just society, and
WHEREAS, the Days of Remembrance have been set aside for the people of the City of Englewood to remember the victims of the Holocaust as well as to reflect on the need for respect of all peoples, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to an Act of Congress (Public Law 96-388, October 7, 1980) the United States Holocaust Memorial Council designates the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust to be Sunday, April 18 through Sunday, April 25, 2004 , including the International Day of Remembrance known as Yom Hashoah , April 18.
NOW, THEREFORE , I, Michael J. Wildes, Mayor of the City of Englewood, do hereby proclaim the week of Sunday, April 18 through Sunday, April 25, 2004, as Days of Remembrance in memory of the victims of Holocaust, and in honor of the survivors, as well as the rescuers and liberators, and further proclaim that we, as citizens of the City of Englewood should strive to overcome intolerance and indifference through learning and remembrance.
Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer