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Statement by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky in Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—April 28, 2014. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement in observation of Holocaust Remembrance Day: 

“Today we join together in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, and reflect on the ways that we can fulfill the promise of ‘never again.’ We stand in solidarity with Israel and the people of the world to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah.”

The Holocaust marks one of the darkest chapters of human history, which saw the systematic persecution and mass murder of Jews in Europe. We cannot let the memories of the lost men, women, and children disappear from the annals of history. We must instead use days like today to reflect on how we can keep the memories of those lost alive and ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again.”

Through the 2014 theme, ‘Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses,’ we reflect on the role our country played in ending the historic crisis and on how many more might have been saved through swifter action.  We can best honor those who died in the Holocaust by preventing similar atrocities throughout our world.”

This day remains particularly meaningful for me, as a Jewish American, and for my community. My district, the 9th Congressional District of Illinois, has one of the largest concentrations of Holocaust survivors in the country. Skokie, a village in my district, is home to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, a 65,000 square foot facility dedicated to the preservation of history and the education of future generations. Our community has not forgotten its history. In fact, on Sunday I attended a memorial service at the Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue. During the service I spoke with a Holocaust survivor who was saved because she was on Schindler’s List.”

“Throughout the days of remembrance, we look back at the atrocities of the Holocaust and mourn those who died. We must also keep the memories of survivors and victims alive to combat forces of hatred and indifference through education and understanding to continue to improve our world.”

Source: Schakowsky.house.gov

 

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