Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
April 11, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, which begins at sundown:

“Beginning at sunset this evening, people in America, Israel, and across the world will gather to remember the six million Jews and millions of others brutally murdered during the Shoah.  The crimes that Nazis and their accomplices sought to hide from the world have been preserved, thanks to the tireless and courageous efforts by Shoah survivors, their descendants, and their communities – and thanks to the work of institutions of remembrance like Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum here in Washington.  With the last of the generation of survivors passing into history, the responsibility of preserving the memory of the Shoah and its victims now falls to the next generations and to all of us as citizens of the world.  In an age of resurgent xenophobia, far-right nationalism, and anti-Semitism, we must redouble our efforts to translate remembrance into education and prevention. 

“Later this month, a new exhibit will open at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which tells the story of how Americans from all walks of life responded to the rise of Nazism overseas.  While many worked to bring attention to the Nazis’ racial laws and persecution of Jews or sought aid for refugees escaping Europe, many others were silent and favored closing our borders to those fleeing for their lives.  History has taught us what happens when good-hearted people look the other way, when America doesn’t fully live up to its mission as a beacon of refuge for those with nowhere else to go.  Let us not turn our heads away from the evils in our midst.  Let us not be silent when confronted by intolerance, anti-Semitism, homophobia, or racial supremacy.  Instead, we must rise and speak up and allow the better angels of our nature to guide us to righteousness in our own day.”