WHEREAS, between 1939 and 1945, the German government, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, carried out the systemic persecution and annihilation of over six million European Jews and five million others who were deemed “inferior” or “undesirable,” or perceived as a threat, such as Romas and Sinti (Gypsies), individuals with mental or physical disabilities, Slavic people, political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war and others; and
WHEREAS, the magnitude of devastation and oppression was, and still is, unfathomable. The Holocaust remains one of the darkest periods in human history; and
WHEREAS, this week marks the annual national Days of Remembrance commemoration honoring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, acknowledging the strength of the human spirit, as well as those who protected and liberated victims and survivors of the Holocaust from harm and suffering; and
WHEREAS, by remembering and learning from the past, we can help prevent future genocide, and re-dedicate ourselves to speaking out against injustice and aiding our neighbors in need. We must exercise our freedom and strength to defend those who are defenseless and our compassion to respect others no matter our differences; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to an Act of Congress, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council designates the Days of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust each year to solemnly remember those who were lost and to rekindle a commitment to protect the human rights of all and honor the intrinsic value of all mankind.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 23-30, 2017 as:
Days of Remembrance
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to cherish all human life, promote dignity for all and unite to prevent any form of hatred and oppression.
Dated: April 20, 2017