Watch the Senators’ Video Statement Here.
WASHINGTON D.C. – As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK), co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, released the following statement recognizing Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“We are grateful and humbled to come together today to join you in the State Department’s Observance of the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, known in Hebrew as Yom HaShoah,” said the Senators. “We come together during this time to remember the 6 million innocent Jewish mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons whose lives were viciously taken by hate, just because of their faith, during the Holocaust.”
“After the US helped liberate concentration camps and bring an end to World War II, we vowed ‘Never again.’ And while we learned valuable lessons on how to recognize the rise of the anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust and how to combat it, we still have a long way to go,” the Senators continued. “At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, we must act to counter Holocaust distortion and denial, while also teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to prevent future global atrocities.”
“From these dark chapters of our past and present, we must band together to bring forth a brighter future. Just like the famous single candle at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, we are committed to using hope to light the way forward,” the Senators concluded.
BACKGROUND: In 2019, Senators Rosen and Lankford launched the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism.
Last year, Senators Rosen and Lankford, along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied Forces during World War II. The bipartisan resolution unanimously passed the Senate in February 2020.