Concord, NH – Marking the internationally-recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day, today Sen. Molly Kelly of Keene offered the following comments as New Hampshire also observes Genocide Awareness Month:
“Genocide is a tragic and horrifying act that still goes on in the world today,” said Sen. Kelly. “It is essential that we always remember the terrible events of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide and that we remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny.”
“Organizations like the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College play an integral role educating the public about the evils of genocide and remembering victims of genocide, but we all must bring attention to these catastrophes and promote an informed citizenry on these matters, which is essential for prevention. I am proud to join with Governor Hassan and my fellow citizens as we observe our first Genocide Awareness Month.”
In 2014, Sen. Kelly co-sponsored HB 1444, which recognized April as Genocide Awareness Month in New Hampshire, and earlier this month Governor Hassan proclaimed April 2015 as such. International Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the anniversary on the Hebrew calendar of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and falls on April 16 this year.