During this year’s Legislative Session, Senator Sachs fought hard to pass appropriations of $500,000 for a Holocaust Documentation and Education Center. Governor Rick Scott used his line-item veto power to target and strike down this appropriation.

Sen. Sachs w/ Holocaust survivor Norman Frajman and his wife.

Sen. Sachs w/ Holocaust survivor Norman Frajman and his wife.

 

Florida is fortunate to be the home of the third largest population of Holocaust survivors in the world – most of whom live in South Florida. Senator Sachs has had the great honor of meeting so many Survivors throughout her life, and the loss of this funding needed to support the preservation of their voice is difficult. Earlier this month, while visiting the Holocaust Museum site, she met a man who survived the Holocaust. As Norman Frajman narrated his gruesome story of captivity and watching his family perish in a concentration camp, he repeatedly mentioned his jacket with the Star of David which he wore – it became a symbol of hope and perseverance. The couple wanted to donate this jacket to be exhibited in the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center so it could be shared with the community and future generations. The funding vetoed by Governor Scott may end their dream of displaying this precious and historic memento in the Center.

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center is vital to our community in a continuing effort promote education and awareness. In spite of the veto, Senator Sachs will continue to support and fight for Holocaust education and awareness in my personal and professional life.  She feels it is her duty to all the Survivors, their children, and everyone else in the community to ensure their stories are never forgotten.

Norman Frajman with his jacket with the Star of David – a symbol of hope and perseverance