Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

90-year old Holocaust Survivor recognized on International Holocaust Remembrance Day at San Jose City Council Meeting

by Diane Fisher, JCRC Director, February 2021

International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been observed by declaration of the U.N. since 2005. It marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945. Every year, the City Council of San Jose issues a proclamation to help educate our local community.

The tradition of remembering the Holocaust at the San Jose City Council takes the form of a simple proclamation during the business of a regular city council meeting, but it is a powerful moment of government recognition not only of this history but also of our local survivor community. Council member Sergio Jimenez hosted the proclamation at the January 26 meeting, and he invited Holocaust survivor Tamara Noten, on the recommendation of our JCRC and JFS, to accept the proclamation and share some brief remarks. You can listen to Council member Jimenez and Tamara Noten in this YouTube recording of the meeting, from 13:20 minutes to 19:10 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynaV5j4aAEk

Here is an image of the proclamation that has been sent to Tamara: