Ceremonies at the Old State Capitol Thursday honored the 6 million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust. The state’s annual Yom Hashoah observance included a Holocaust survivor who is a cousin of State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston). Edith Adlam said we have not come far enough: “Even now, there is so much hate, intolerance, prejudice, and anti-Semitism.”
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Biss said it’s too easy to forget. “With every passing generation, as the distance goes and the immediacy recedes, we forget detail. Our connection to the past weakens … and, most of all, we forget the lessons of the past.” Biss said as the Jews were persecuted, so too are minority groups put down today, based on what color they are, who their parents are, or whom they love. The governor’s office and the Jewish Federations of Illinois co-sponsor the annual observance.