WHEREAS, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945; and
WHEREAS, six million Jews, more than one and a half million of whom were innocent children, were murdered while millions of other people also suffered grievous oppression and death under the Nazi tyranny; and
WHEREAS, November 9, 2018, through November 10, 2018, marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass; and
WHEREAS, during Kristallnacht, hundreds of synagogues in Germany and Austria were burned and destroyed, business and homes were ransacked, scores of innocent Jews were killed, and thousands of others were arrested and sent to concentration camps; and
WHEREAS, Kristallnacht serves as a prelude to the Holocaust and to systematic mass murder on a scale never before seen in human history; and
WHEREAS, the reign of the Nazi Government marks one of the darkest periods in civilized history; and
WHEREAS, the commemoration of this unprecedented event reminds us all of our solemn duty to keep alive the memory of the millions who perished during the Holocaust and to ensure through education and mutual respect that acts of genocide shall never again occur;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 9, 2018, as the 80th Anniversary Of KRISTALLNACHT, THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.