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WATCH: State lawmakers commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

By: - January 27, 2021 5:39 pm

State Reps. Brett Miller and Mark Gillen of Lancaster view Holocaust artifacts on the House floor. Photo by Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus.

During a busy session day at the state Capitol, lawmakers took time out from legislating to remember the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the millions who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. 

“Every Jan. 27 we try to pause and remember those who lost their lives,” Rep. Mark Gillen, R-Berks, who arranged for the display said.

The display was made up of images and artifacts such as clothing and signage, dolls, and Nazi propaganda, mostly contained in glass cases on the House floor. 

Included in the glass display cases were yellow Stars of David and other identifying badges form various camps. 

“International Holocaust Remembrance Day – it is about remembering, it is about raising awareness, and it is about educating ourselves on the horror of the Holocaust,” Gillen said. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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