WEST CHESTER (April 22) – State Senator Andy Dinniman joined Governor Tom Wolf, officials from the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition and fellow state legislators this week in recognizing the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust.

“It’s been 70 years since the end of World War II and with every year we lose more survivors of the Holocaust and more eyewitnesses to this terrible atrocity,” Dinniman said. “But we cannot afford to lose their memories. We cannot afford to forget what happened and we must never allow it to happen again.”

As part of the 2015 Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust, Dinniman presented Senate Resolution 77, dedicating the week of April 13 to April 19 as “Days of Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust in Pennsylvania.” The resolution was adopted by the Senate last week.

State Senator Andy Dinniman (background, center) looks on as Holocaust survivor Bluma Shapiro of York (foreground) lights one of six candles in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust during Pennsylvania’s 2015 Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust in the Governor’s Reception Room of the State Capitol on April 20, 2015. To Dinniman’s left is Governor Tom Wolf and to his right to state Rep. Dan Frankel

State Senator Andy Dinniman (background, center) looks on as Holocaust survivor Bluma Shapiro of York (foreground) lights one of six candles in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust during Pennsylvania’s 2015 Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust in the Governor’s Reception Room of the State Capitol on April 20, 2015. To Dinniman’s left is Governor Tom Wolf and to his right is state Rep. Dan Frankel

Dinniman, Governor Wolf, Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and others also paid tribute to several Pennsylvania residents in attendance who survived the Holocaust. They included Fira Kaganovsky of York, Rose Machelmacher of Harrisburg, Kurt Moses of Harrisburg, Yolanda Rosenstein of Harrisburg and Bluma Shapiro of York.

Dinniman also discussed the importance Act 70 of 2014, a new law that provides for Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations education in public schools.

“It is crucial that we continue to educate our children and young people about the Holocaust and the scourge of genocide because it is not a thing of the past. Ethnic and religious intimidation, discrimination and violence continue to take place in the world today,” Dinniman said. “And as Martin Luther King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

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