Pelosi, Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Participate in Fifth World Holocaust Forum as Part of Visit to Mark 75 Years Since the Liberation of Auschwitz

January 23, 2020
Press Release

Jerusalem – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan Congressional delegation participated in the Fifth World Holocaust Forum Wednesday at Yad Vashem as part of the delegation visit to mark the 75-year remembrance of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Speaker Pelosi issued the following statement:   

“Our delegation was honored to represent the United States Congress at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, which was attended by scores of heads of state, government and parliament.  On Tuesday, we began our trip in Poland at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where so many Jews, Poles and others were murdered.  Today, we visited Yad Vashem for a moving remembrance of all those who were lost. 

“Earlier in the day, I met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and we discussed our shared commitment to fighting anti-Semitism, our efforts to continue to build upon the strong bipartisan U.S.-Israel relationship and the solemn anniversary our delegation came to Israel to mark.  

“Next, our delegation was briefed on regional security threats and cooperation efforts by Lt. General Mark Schwartz, U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  

“The delegation met with Knesset Member Benjamin Gantz and other members of the Blue and White Party.  The delegation discussed with MK Gantz the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, regional security concerns and how we can work together to continue the essential bipartisan relationship between our countries.

“This morning, our delegation held a roundtable with civil society representatives to discuss various challenges and opportunities related to effective regional governance, economic development and security.  This provided the opportunity to build on our discussions held yesterday with other civil society leaders regarding people-to-people initiatives to improve lives and create a brighter future.

“Our delegation is thankful to Ambassador David Friedman and for the work of U.S. Embassy staff in facilitating our visit to Israel.”