(April 10) – Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) was the keynote speaker last night at the 32nd Annual Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program organized by the Anti-Defamation League.
This event is one of the largest Holocaust memorial programs in the country. The community-wide event, attended by more than 700 people, began with a memorial ceremony for those who were lost during those dark days of the Holocaust. After honoring Colorado Holocaust survivors, the event had a keynote speaker, Rep. Kagan, and remarks from Gov. Hickenlooper.
Rep. Kagan told the story of Vytautas Rinkevicius, who saved Kagan’s parents and grandmother during the Holocaust. In 1976, Vytautas and his wife Elia were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.
“I was honored to be able to tell my family’s story at this event honoring all who suffered a grave injustice during those days of bigotry and hate,” Rep. Kagan said. “Almost every survivor had a hero who helped them survive. Rinkevicius was my family’s, and I’m here today because of his bravery.”
For more of Rep. Kagan’s story, listen to him tell it to “Colorado Matters” on Colorado Public Radio.