Rep. Deutch Statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, issued the following statement commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah):
“On this Yom HaShoah, we solemnly remember the six million Jews who were slaughtered during the Holocaust and the attempted extermination of centuries of European Jewish heritage.
"More than 70 years after the Holocaust, Jewish communities still face deep-seated hatred and deadly violence around the world. Tragically, Jews still experience anti-Semitism, from petty vandalism to violent attacks, including last month’s horrific murder of a Holocaust survivor in France.
“Holocaust education is still deeply relevant and necessary to teach our children how hatred and indifference can lead to systematic genocidal murder. Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, keeps this history alive and reminds us to combat anti-Semitism in all its forms, wherever it may appear. Our government shares this obligation, and I urge President Trump to quickly appoint a new Special Envoy to combat global anti-Semitism.
"Part of Holocaust remembrance is also speaking out when atrocities happen to other communities in other parts of the world. Whether Syrians under attack by chemical weapons and barrel bombs, or the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, we must push ourselves as individuals and a nation to speak out and take action to prevent genocide. This serious responsibility to act when our conscience demands it falls to all of us."