“Never forget.” More than one speaker sounded that theme during Thursday’s annual Yom Hashoah remembrance at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. “How is it that is it so easy to talk about the issues of the day, be it pensions, or the economy, or women’s rights, or gun legislation, but it is so difficult to talk about the tragedy, the atrocity, that is the Holocaust?” asked State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood).
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“I struggle with that question, too, and then it dawned on me that the answer is in two simple words: Never forget.” As is the custom for the ceremony, put on by the governor’s office and the Jewish Federations of Illinois, a Holocaust survivor participated. “I’m pouring my heart out and soul out to audiences not because I like talking about it,” said Agnes Schwartz, 79, of Chicago, “but as long as there are survivors alive, I don’t want it to go down in the history book as just another page.”