Washington, DC – Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today released the following statement memorializing International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today marks 71 years since the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated by Allied Forces in World War II.
“All of us carry an obligation to tell and retell the story of the Nazi terror when six million Jews and five million non-Jews were systematically rounded up and killed in the center of Europe.
“Unfortunately, the liberation of the camps and the end of WWII was just the beginning of a generations-long struggle to ensure there is a safe place for Jews in the world.
“Today, anti-Semitic rhetoric is again common at college campuses and throughout the Middle East. Holocaust deniers speak out in Europe and Iran. Despots on every continent learn the easy path to popularity by stirring up hatred of one religion against another, one race against another.
“With first-hand witnesses to the Holocaust now passing from the scene, we must remember what they saw and dedicate ourselves to ensuring it never happens again.”