Lowey Statement on Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) released the following statement marking Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we stop to honor the six million innocent Jewish men, women, and children who perished in the systematic genocide against Jews during the Holocaust – the darkest chapter in our history. We must never forget to remember their stories and the somber lessons of their deaths: we cannot stay silent in the face of others’ suffering or efforts to impinge on the civil rights of minority communities.
“Sadly, this year’s Yom HaShoah feels more important than ever in light of rising anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial around the world, including here in the United States. Holocaust denial or distortion creates a society that is not only susceptible to anti-Semitism, but also other forms of racism, hatred, and oppression.
“The best way for us to uphold our solemn promise of 'never again' is to teach younger generations about the Holocaust. This is why I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Never Again Education Act, legislation introduced this week by Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) that would create a program at the Department of Education to help more middle and high school students learn about the Holocaust. Through efforts like this, we will ensure future generations are committed to fighting all forms of hatred, bigotry, and intolerance.”
Lowey is a co-chair and founder of the U.S. House's Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism.