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Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program

Friday, March 18, 2011
MEMORANDUM FOR: 
Chief Human Capital Officers
From: 
John Berry Director
Subject: 
Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program

On May 4, 2011, the annual Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program will once again be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, here in Washington, DC.  While many Federal agencies already serve as sponsors of the Program by providing financial and/or logistical support, we ask that you allow your employees to attend on government time as long as they give proper notice to their manager in advance.

As you may know, the annual Holocaust program is authorized through Public Law 96-388, which Congress passed on October 7, 1980, as part of honoring the “Days of Remembrance.”  Through the act, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council was instructed to provide for appropriate ways for the Nation to commemorate the Days of Remembrance, as an annual, national, civil commemoration of the Holocaust and to encourage and sponsor appropriate observances throughout the United States.

The “Days of Remembrance” honors the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, and the five million other victims including Soviet prisoners of war (3.3 million), Polish Christians (2.0 million), physically and mentally disabled (250,000 plus), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Romani or Sinti people (formerly referred to as Gypsies), homosexuals, freemasons, people with beliefs opposed to Nazi conduct, trade unionists, clergymen, and African-German people.  Our Nation commemorates the days annually so that each year anyone who does not know about the Holocaust will learn, and so that people who have learned will never forget.

More information about the Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program can be found at http://holocaustremembrance.org/.   Please forward this information to all employees within your Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, Faith-Based Office or Office of the Events Coordinator for distribution within their area.