Gov. Rick Scott held an event in Broward today that included a ceremonial bill signing related to building a Holocaust memorial in Tallahassee.
“The Holocaust is a stark reminder that evil exists in the world,” Scott said at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie.
There were several Democratic politicians and activists at the ceremony which is unusual for an event with the Republican governor, but this bill had wide bipartisan support: passed the Florida Senate unanimously and all but one House member voted for it.
Bill sponsors included State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, who spoke at the JCC. Several additional Democratic legislators spoke including State Representatives Katie Edwards and Jared Moskowitz of Broward and State Sen. Maria Sachs of Palm Beach County.
Scott also gave the governor’s freedom award to Norman Frajman, a local Holocaust survivor who as a teenager survived four concentration and forced-labor camps. Frajman’s parents and younger sister died in the Holocaust and he now speaks to school groups and colleges about his experience.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera spoke about his recent visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel. He quoted Elie Wiesel, an author who wrote the book Night about his experience in a concentration camp: “Never shall I forget that night, that first night in the camp.”