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For Immediate Release: 
April 19, 2012
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Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah:

“For over six decades, people throughout the world have paused on this day to reflect and remember the tragedy of the Holocaust.  More than any other day, Yom HaShoah compels each of us to consider the nature of evil so that we may strive toward goodness.  It is a powerful reminder, too, of the importance of a strong and secure State of Israel. I will never forget my visits to Yad Vashem in Israel and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, where millions of individuals and their lost communities are honored and preserved in our memories forever.

“Through the cloud of genocide came bright rays of heroism and resistance, which continue to inspire Americans today.  Those triumphs of spirit and bold defiance in the face of Nazism proved that no force, however dark, could ever destroy hope itself or diminish the universal dream of peace and a brighter future. 

“Americans continue to be proud of having fought Fascism and helped liberate Nazism’s survivors, many of whom still live in our communities.  By observing this memorial and teaching our children the lessons of the Holocaust, we are continuing the work of those brave Americans who first opened the gates of Dachau and delivered aid, comfort, and a new chance at life.  At a time when those who bore witness first-hand to the Holocaust are becoming fewer, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren can continue to pass along this lesson never to forget.”