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Hastings recognizes holocaust ‘Remembrance Day, Days of Remembrance’

Congressman Alcee Hastings

Hastings recognizes holocaust ‘Remembrance Day, Days of Remembrance’

Submitted by Lale Manaux

     WASHINGTON, D.C.—  Recently, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) joined with others around the world in honoring the victims of the Holocaust and recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Days of Remembrance:

    “Between 1940 and 1945, two out of every three Jews in Europe perished in ghettos, mass shootings, forced labor camps, and extermination camps during the Holocaust. Nazi Germany carried out the systematic persecution, dehumanization, and execution of more than six million Jews throughout Europe, including more than one million children.  By the end of WWII, close to eleven million people had been murdered by the Nazi regime, including Jews, Roma, homosexuals, prisoners of war, political dissidents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and individuals with disabilities.

    “As the Nazi movement swept through Europe 75 years ago, stripping away civil rights and inciting violence, very few nations took action.  Countries around the world, including the United States, turned away refugees desperate to flee. In hind-sight, the warning signs were undeniable, yet there was little action taken to intervene. 

    “Today, we reaffirm our obligation to remember this tragic moment of human history, honor the victims and survivors, and dedicate ourselves to pre-venting atrocities such as genocide from ever happening again. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance to honor the lives of those who suffered and died during the Holocaust. The theme for this year is ‘Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs.’

    “This week, and in the weeks, months, and years to come, we must commit ourselves to pre-serving human rights and dignity across the globe.  Every year, there are fewer survivors of the Holocaust left to tell their stories and share their experiences. These men and women witnessed some of the very worst moments in human history.  It is now up to us to turn towards our own communities to demonstrate the very best of human nature.  Together, as we keep a-live the memories of those who perished and pay tribute to the lives of those who survived, we must also strive to honor our past by looking towards our future, working to embody the value of ‘Tikkun Olam’ – re-pairing the world.”

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.


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