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Gov. Whitmer stresses the importance of remembering the Holocaust

Posted at 8:50 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 22:44:12-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told those in attendance on Tuesday that there is still much work to do when addressing hate in our society.

But the Governor also told the audience in the Capitol Rotunda that an event like the State of Michigan Holocaust Commemoration is important.

"We are here to remember one of our darkest periods in history," said Gov. Whitmer.

She also reminded the audience that it was important for everyone to remain mindful to reject hate.

This commemoration was hosted by the Michigan Jewish Conference in coordination with the Michigan Legislature.

Holocaust survivors and state legislators from throughout Michigan attended today's event.

The Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Martin Shichtman, gave the keynote address on, "How Does America Respond Now?"

In his address, Dr. Shichtim reminded the audience that antisemitism remains a severe problem throughout the United States in 2019.

But he added, "I remain hopeful."

The Michigan Jewish Conference is a statewide network of 18 Jewish communities whose mission is to represent the political and community relations needs of its members.

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