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File #: Res 0548-2015    Version: * Name: Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on 1/27/15.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 1/22/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on January 27th, 2015.
Sponsors: Mark Levine, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Andrew Cohen, Chaim M. Deutsch, Daniel R. Garodnick, David G. Greenfield, Ben Kallos, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Rory I. Lancman, Stephen T. Levin, Alan N. Maisel, Helen K. Rosenthal, Mark Treyger, Mark S. Weprin, James G. Van Bramer, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Peter A. Koo, Jumaane D. Williams, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., I. Daneek Miller, Margaret S. Chin, Costa G. Constantinides, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Rosie Mendez, Donovan J. Richards, Deborah L. Rose, Paul A. Vallone
Council Member Sponsors: 29
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Testimony, 3. Hearing Transcript, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-22-15, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - January 22, 2015
Preconsidered Res. No. 548
 
 
Resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on January 27th, 2015.
 
 
By Council Members Levine, the Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito), Cohen, Deutsch, Garodnick, Greenfield, Kallos, Koslowitz, Lander, Lancman, Levin, Maisel, Rosenthal, Treyger, Weprin, Van Bramer, Crowley, Koo, Williams, Cornegy, Miller, Chin, Constantinides, Eugene, Gentile, Mendez, Richards, Rose and Vallone
 
      Whereas, According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, early in 1942, the Nazi hierarchy formally decided on the "Final Solution" to the "Jewish problem" - annihilation; and
Whereas, Throughout occupied Europe, genocide was begun, and by 1945, at the end of World War II, six million Jews and millions of others had been killed; and
Whereas, Auschwitz-Birkenau was a huge complex of camps including Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Auschwitz III-Monowitz and 45 satellite camps, each dedicated variously to killing centers, concentration, and forced-labor camps; and
Whereas, It has been estimated that a minimum of 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945 and that of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered; and
Whereas, January 2015 marks seventy years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied forces; and
Whereas, The United Nations' Resolution in 2005 establishing January 27th as Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, said in part:
"Reaffirming that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice"; and
      Whereas, In response to the destruction and depravity of the Nazi regime, institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance New York, and elsewhere throughout the world, have been established, to honor the memory of the victims and through education help give meaning to the expression "Never Again"; and
Whereas, According to Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., in 2011 there were approximately 73,000 Holocaust survivors living in and around New York City, many of whom were liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau; and
      Whereas, Particularly in light of recent events in Paris, France, the words of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who was barely alive in Auschwitz as the camp was liberated by Allied forces, resound louder than ever:
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on January 27th, 2015.
 
 
 
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