ADOPTED - APRIL 15, 2003

Agenda Item No. 12

Introduced by County Services Committee of the:




WHEREAS, the Ingham County Board of Commissionersand citizens of Ingham County recognize that the horrors of the Holocaust should never be forgotten.

WHEREAS, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. In addition to the murder of some 6,000,000 Jews, millions more, including the handicapped, Poles, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovahs Witnesses, prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny; and

WHEREAS, a key date in the history of the Holocaust is April 19, 1943, the beginning of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, when Jews, using homemade bombs and stolen or bartered weapons, resisted death camp deportation by the Nazis for 27 days. This date, which in the Hebrew calendar is the twenty-seventh day of Nisan, has been established by the United States congress as a national Holocaust remembrance day; and

WHEREAS, the Ingham Board of Commissioners declares that the twenty-seventh day of the month of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar shall be Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and in honor of the survivors, as well as the rescuers and liberators; and

WHEREAS, tThe twenty-seventh day of the month of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar falls on April 29 of 2003; and

WHEREAS, the Ingham County Board of Commissioner encourages individuals, educational institutions, and social, community, religious, labor and business organizations to pause on Holocaust Remembrance Day and reflect upon the terrible events of the Holocaust, so that as a society we will remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny and actively rededicate ourselves to the principles of individual freedom in a just society.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby honor the memory of all who lost their lives and all who have and continue to suffer as a result of the Holocaust; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners declare April 29, 2003 as Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ingham County.

COUNTY SERVICES: Yeas: Celentino, De Leon, Schor, Severino

Nays: None Absent: Holman, Nevin Approved 4/8/03