The State of Georgia’s official Days of Remembrance Observance of the Victims of the Holocaust will be Friday, May 2, 2008 at noon in the State Capitol rotunda.
The annual ceremony is held to remember those whose lives were impacted by the Holocaust, and to honor those who work to educate others about the event.
Secretary of State Karen Handel will deliver remarks at the ceremony. Holocaust survivors, children of survivors, and victims and liberators of concentration camps will light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
“The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust provides an invaluable service to Georgians as we honor the memory of the victims, learn more about their struggle, apply these lessons to our own lives and teach future generations how to live and work together, in peace,” said Secretary Handel.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will present its highest award, the Humanitarian Award, to Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Office of Special Investigations with the U.S. Department of Justice. Rosenbaum is the longest serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi war crimes. He served as chief enforcer of the Holtzman Amendment, the legislation that allows the U.S. government to denaturalize and deport those individuals who committed Nazi war crimes.
The ceremony will include a performance by the Brass Quintet of the United States Army Ground Forces Band. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
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