(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum (D - Great Neck) joined Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and leaders of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County to host a solemn observance of Yom Ha’Shoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - in the Legislature’s Ceremonial Chamber on Thursday, May 2.
The program included remarks from County Executive Curran, Steve Markowitz, Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County; Helen Turner, Director of Youth Education for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center; and Sage Gladstone, a Junior Advisory Board Member and recipient of the Friedlander Upstander Award. Holocaust survivor Mirielle Taub, a docent and education at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, shared the powerful stories of survival experienced by herself and her late husband.
Legislator Birnbaum presented Certificates of Recognition to the speakers and opened the floor to a question-and-answer session. Guests were invited to light a candle upon their departure in memory of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the more than 5 million people of other faiths that perished as a result of the targeted campaign of Nazi barbarism.
“As incidents of hatred, bias and anti-Semitism become more frighteningly prevalent than ever in this nation and around the world, it is essential to educate the public and the next generation so that the darkest moments of history do not - and cannot - repeat themselves,” Legislator Birnbaum said. “I am grateful that so many people joined us to observe Yom Ha’Shoah, and I thank my partners in government for supporting our efforts to raise awareness.”