On Sunday, May 1st, Assemblywoman Jaime Williams (59th Assembly District), along with fellow electeds and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, gathered at Temple Sholom of Flatbush Inc., 2075 East 68th Street, to memorialize the 1.5 million children massacred in the Holocaust. In conjunction with other remembrance events, Williams, the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate proclaimed April 27, 2022 as Children of the Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Williams presented an official citation to Temple Sholom, forever memorializing the day in memoriam of the numerous innocent souls extinguished by the Nazis.
In attendance were State Senator Roxanne Persaud, Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse, District Leader of the 59th AD Frank Seddio, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Michael Cohen, Community Board 18 District Manager Sue Ann Partnow, Cantor Zachary Konigsberg of Temple Sholom and Executive Director of Millennium Development Paul Curiale.
All were gathered with audience members to reflect upon the tragic loss of innocent lives, by reciting poems about the youth that underwent the horrors of the Nazis. Williams presented the Citation to Cantor Konigsberg. To further memorialize the tragedy, LED lights were placed in and throughout the synagogue. Each light represented a child lost to the Holocaust. The flickering LED light shined as a candle flame to further instill the innocence and youth savagely taken too soon.
Williams remarked on the importance of never forgetting the injustice inflicted on so many by the Nazi regime and spoke to the unfortunate similarity of the deplorable actions taken against the Ukrainian citizenry.
“To forget is equivalent to repeating. As the past 80 years have elapsed, our memories must remain fresh and cognizant upon the atrocities caused by the Nazis so we can do all we can to prevent the same from ever occurring again,” Williams said.
Courtesy of Assemblywoman Jaime Williams’ Office