Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails, Mount Pleasant Town Council and World War II survivors, their families and friends recently proclaimed the week of April 7 through April 14 “Days of Remembrance” in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and in honor of World War II survivors, rescuers and liberators.
At the March Council meeting, Mount Pleasant Town Council observed Yom HaShoah – the Days of Remembrance – with a candle lighting ceremony and the reading of a proclamation.
“The Days of Remembrance have been set aside for the people of the Town of Mount Pleasant to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to reflect on the need for respect of all peoples,” said Mayor Swails. “The history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies, and governments; and we the people of the Town of Mount Pleasant should always remember the terrible events of the Holocaust and remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny.”
“The Days of Remembrance should remind us to strive to overcome intolerance and indifference through learning and remembrance,” said Swails. “I encourage you to join the community in remembering the victims of the Holocaust, Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 90 Hasell Street, Charleston.”
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 regime.