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Full Text of HR0459  100th General Assembly

HR0459 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY


  

 


 
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HOUSE RESOLUTION

 
2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives wish to congratulate Harold Katz on the
4occasion of his bar mitzvah on May 28, 2017; and
 
5    WHEREAS, Harold Katz first prepared for his bar mitzvah 76
6years ago in his hometown of Tarn, Czechoslovakia; and
 
7    WHEREAS, Shortly before the time of his bar mitzvah, Harold
8Katz fled on the back of a wagonload of lumber from
9Czechoslovakia to Budapest, Hungary to escape Nazi forces; and
 
10    WHEREAS, Harold Katz spent the next four years in Budapest
11hiding from the Nazis by obtaining false identity papers; he
12faced many trials during his time in Budapest, including
13escaping from prison three times and trying to obtain passage
14to Jerusalem; and
 
15    WHEREAS, While Harold Katz was hiding, his parents,
16brothers, and sisters were transported to Auschwitz, where his
17entire family, except his brother, Maurie, were killed; and
 
18    WHEREAS, Harold Katz and Maurie were reunited after World
19War II; they located family in the United States and moved to
20Chicago; and
 

 

 

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1    WHEREAS, Harold Katz began working as a sewing machine
2operator and opened a construction company with his brother;
3and
 
4    WHEREAS, Harold Katz met his wife, Judy, a survivor of
5Auschwitz, at the Jewish People's Institute in Chicago, where
6they were learning English; they later had a daughter and two
7sons; therefore, be it
 
8    RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
9HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
10congratulate Harold Katz on his bar mitzvah and we wish him and
11his family all the best during the momentous occasion; and be
12it further
 
13    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
14presented to Harold Katz as an expression of our esteem and
15respect.