Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
May 2, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah:

“On Yom HaShoah, we remember the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the most brutal genocide in history.  What began as bigotry and marches through the streets of cities turned into exclusionary policies and loss of civil rights; and those who faced intolerance and discrimination then faced murder and extermination.  I join in marking this Yom HaShoah by paying tribute to the righteous who risked their lives to save others and the resisters who fought back and survived.  At a time of resurgent and rising anti-Semitism, the lessons of the Holocaust must be retaught to each generation so that its horrors will never again be repeated. 

“This year, we also mark the eightieth anniversary of the voyage of the St. Louis, whose Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution were turned away by the United States.  Nearly half of the passengers forced to return to continental Europe were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. In an episode that we now mourn as a severe failure of policy, the story of the St. Louis underscores the importance of America living up to its role as a beacon of freedom and hope for those in need of safety. 

“As we mark another Yom HaShoah, let us not only remember the Holocaust but recommit ourselves to the work of stamping out intolerance, discrimination, and violent hatred wherever they exist.”