NEW YORK (Apr. 20)
Mayor Abraham Beame and Gov. Hugh Carey have proclaimed Sunday, April 25 as “Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Day” in New York City and State. In his proclamation, Beame declared that “it is urgent that the world continues to remember the heinous crimes committed during the Holocaust and honors the heroes who fought at Warsaw.”
Carey said that “permitting society to forget this inhumane episode (the Holocaust) would be an even greater crime. By remembering and paying tribute to the memory of the six million martyrs, we hopefully will prevent history from repeating such a truculent act.”
Meanwhile, thousands are expected to gather inside and outside Temple Emanu-El on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for a memorial service April 25 commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The principal speakers will be Chaim Herzog. Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations; Rabbi Alexander Schindler, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and Beame.
The ceremony, starting at 1:30 p.m.. will be held under the auspices of the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization (WAGRO) in conjunction with other major Jewish organizations. Hundreds of memorial candles will be lit in Temple Emanu El by survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto. Other ceremonies are also being planned across the country.