Betty Karnette honors Holocaust survivor in memorial ceremony

holocaust-survivor-pic.jpgAssemblymember Betty Karnette (D-Long Beach) honored Holocaust survivor Lilly Black and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School student Makenzie Gomez at the California State Assembly’s Sixth Annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony on Monday, April 28. The ceremony is part of the California Assembly Holocaust Project.
High School students from each assembly district are given the opportunity to meet with a Holocaust survivor and write an essay about the survivor’s experience. Students receive a one-on-one, eyewitness account of the Holocaust and survivors are able to pass on their knowledge to a new generation. The essays are published in a book for distribution.
“I am honored to have Lilly Black and Makenzie Gomez here in Sacramento to participate in the ceremony”, said Assemblymember Karnette. “I encourage everyone to take some time and read these extraordinary real-life stories of Holocaust survivors.”
California Holocaust Memorial Week recognizes Holocaust survivors in the state and gives remembrance to the millions who lost their lives. Every year there are fewer Holocaust survivors to tell their stories.
Lilly Black has been a resident of Long Beach for 60 years. She has also been a frequent classroom visitor for the past 15 years telling students about her Holocaust experience. She has been married for 57 years to Gabriel Black and has three grown children.
The 2008 California Assembly Holocaust Project book may be accessed online at

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