Sarbanes Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz:

“Today, we mark the somber occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and observe the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where nearly one million Jews – along with hundreds of thousands of oppressed minorities and political prisoners – perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators.

“To honor the victims of the Shoah, we must carry their memory with us always. We must commit to passing on the lessons of the Holocaust to our children and grandchildren, and we must make it our mission to speak up and act out against the forces of hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism that increasingly plague the modern world.

“In communities across America and around the world, we continue to witness the same kind of vile anti-Semitism that fueled the horrors of the Holocaust. From synagogues to supermarkets, and from Hanukkah celebrations to Jewish cemeteries, there has been an alarming rise in these unforgivable acts of violence.

“It is not enough to merely condemn this hate. It is imperative that we address it – forcefully – by uniting with Americans from all walks of life in defense of any of our fellow human beings who face discrimination and intolerance. That is how we honor the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust. That is how we build a more tolerant world.”