BySenators Frockt, Hunt, Cleveland, Das, Keiser, Salomon, Van De Wege, Stanford, Lovelett, Braun, Sheldon, Schoesler, Hawkins, Wellman, Takko, Wilson, C., Zeiger, Saldaña, Dhingra, Liias, Honeyford, Carlyle, Billig, Rolfes, Kuderer, Wilson, L., Conway, Brown, Walsh, Holy, Wagoner, and O'Ban
WHEREAS, January 27, 2020, marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp; and
WHEREAS, January 27th was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 in 2005; and
WHEREAS, The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators; and
WHEREAS, Six million Jews were murdered between 1933 and 1945; Roma, people with disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons; and millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's witnesses, soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny; and
WHEREAS, The history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies, and governments; and
WHEREAS, A 2018 study by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany revealed a disturbing lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among Americans; and
WHEREAS, There has been a dramatic rise in hate crimes and bias incidents in the last several years, including deadly attacks on the Jewish community; and
WHEREAS, The people of the State of Washington should always remember the terrible events of the Holocaust and remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny to ensure that the tragedies of the past are never repeated; and
WHEREAS, Washington State recognizes the events of the Holocaust not only as the product of unimpeded prejudice and violence, but as a direct attack on our country's most sacred values; and
WHEREAS, It is our moral obligation to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust to spread awareness of these tragic events and to reaffirm our united stance against hate; and
WHEREAS, Deprivation of human rights based on religion does not just threaten the individual freedoms of those who are targeted, it threatens the foundations of a just society;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate pause in its deliberations to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
I, Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8663,
adopted by the Senate
January 27, 2020
Secretary of the Senate