house resolution no.22

Reps. Johnsen, Bollin, Bierlein, Fox, Fink, Slagh, Bezotte, Alexander, Meerman, DeBoyer, Greene, Kunse, Beson, Harris, Neyer, St. Germaine, Rigas, Schriver, Maddock, Zorn and VanderWall offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare January 27, 2023, as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, The Holocaust and all its victims will never be forgotten. The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution, execution, and annihilation of European Jews by the Nazi regime and its allies between 1933 and 1945. This atrocity, of more than six million Jews, reduced the world’s Jewish population by one-third; and 

Whereas, It is a constant reminder of the dangers of tyranny and authoritarianism in a free society; and 

Whereas, Cruel atrocities such as forced sterilization, isolation, torture, ostracization, murder, and unspeakable brutality were carried out by a culture on their fellow human beings; and 

Whereas, Millions more suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi despotism based on their religious beliefs, their national origin, their ethnicity and culture, their political beliefs, including courageous resisters and government dissidents, their physical appearance, and many more; and

Whereas, The history of the Holocaust allows us to remind ourselves of the responsibilities we have as individuals, societies, parents, and governments to remember the atrocities committed in hatred and the guise of bettering a society. It also serves as an important reminder of what can happen when we allow bigotry and hatred to enter and dominate our societies and our public discourse; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare January 27, 2023, as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That in honor of the victims of the Holocaust, the survivors, their liberators, the people of Michigan should reflect upon and never forget this terrible event and strive to overcome hatred through education and remembrance.