Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
April 27, 2022
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah:

“On Yom HaShoah, we remember the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.  The genocide perpetrated by Adolf Hitler and his fascist collaborators – and enabled by the indifference of millions of people in Germany and across Europe – continues to bear scars to this day, with the families of victims and survivors still living with immense trauma and grief.  The Holocaust was not only an immeasurable tragedy for the Jewish people; it was also a low point for humanity, when the worst evils of human hatred were unleashed in a way that was methodical and on an industrial scale in an effort to dehumanize and destroy an entire ethnic group.  First by enacting degrading racial laws and forcing Jewish people to live in squalid ghettos and wear identifying marks for the purposes of ostracism and discrimination, and later through a systematic program of either deportation to labor and death camps or the massacre of entire communities by mobile killing squads, the Nazis taught the world a lesson on what happens when antisemitism and other forms of racism and bigotry are allowed to fester unchecked and are taken to their extreme.  Every human being who inhabits our planet has a responsibility to learn the lessons of the Holocaust because it is a warning to all of humanity.  ‘Never Again!’ must be a promise kept by all.
 
“Terrifyingly, however, we are now seeing in our day a dangerous rise in violent antisemitism here at home and around the world.  Extremists of all kinds have revived Nazi tropes, and too many make light of Adolf Hitler and the reality of his crimes against humanity.  There ought to be no celebration or even condoning of him or those who helped him perpetrate the Holocaust.  At the same time, some have chosen to invoke the Holocaust flippantly when engaging in debates about policy, which is not only deeply inappropriate but also insulting to its victims, its survivors, and their families.  In much the same vein, the misuse of the Holocaust and Nazism by Vladimir Putin in an attempt to justify his unjustifiable and criminal invasion of Ukraine – as well as the disgusting misuse of the Holocaust to criticize the Jewish State of Israel, a democracy based in human rights and the rule of law – is a cynical and disturbing effort to twist history upside down.  Together, all who support truth and cherish human rights and human dignity must oppose such statements and efforts.  
 
“The Nazis tried to destroy the Jewish people, but their resilience, defiance, and heroism – and the sacrifices of so many brave American servicemembers who were liberators and rescuers – overcame Hitler’s evil plans.  Today, the success and vibrancy of the State of Israel and the flourishing of Jewish communities in America and around the world is a living testament to Nazism’s defeat and to the triumph of justice.  I’m proud to be the Majority Leader in a House that affirms, again and again, that antisemitism has no place in our country or in our politics – and to continue serving as a leader in the broad, bipartisan coalition in Congress ensuring that our ally Israel remains safe and strong and that America and Israel can be successful together in rooting out hatred, injustice, and antisemitism on Earth. 
 
“Never Forget. Never Again.”