Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
January 27, 2020
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“As we observe seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps, where 11 million innocent civilians were horrifically and systematically murdered, the world must bear witness together so humankind’s most evil acts are never repeated.  We must not allow time and distance to fade the horrors we are charged with keeping in the forefront of global memory.  Days of commemoration like this one and like Yom Ha’Shoah are crucial, but our commitment to remembrance must span the entire year, a constant reminder that the work of preventing genocide remains in our hands.  Anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other forms of divisive bigotry must be met with the only appropriate response: forceful condemnation and concrete steps to promote inclusion, tolerance, justice, and peace. 
 
“I have been deeply alarmed by the rise in anti-Semitic violence in our country and around the world in recent months.  We must be vigilant as a nation and as Americans in our own communities.  We must answer hate with the courage to stand up to it at every turn.  The future of our country as a democracy and a land of opportunity and justice for all depends on us rooting out this evil from our midst.  That is why I am bringing to the Floor today bipartisan legislation introduced by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney to strengthen and expand Holocaust education efforts.  ‘Never again’ is not a self-executing proclamation; it requires a commitment of resources and will. 
 
“On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, let us observe with clarity the mission before us: to remember, to bear witness, and to allow hatred no foothold.  Let us fulfill that mission not only with our words and sentiments but with our actions.”