Pelosi Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 8, 2021
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world mourns the six million Jews and countless others who were brutally murdered in the darkest chapter in human history.  We also honor the survivors, who despite enduring unimaginable suffering, have with grace and courage shared their memories so that the evils of the past may never be repeated.

“As Elie Wiesel, one of the most important voices of conscience, taught us, ‘Never Again’ must be more than a slogan: ‘It's a prayer, a promise, a vow.’  The United States Congress is committed to honoring that pledge with immediate and strong action.  That is why we are proud to have passed legislation to fund Holocaust education efforts in our schools and defend houses of worship in our communities, and why we are honored to, each year, observe congressionally mandated Days of Remembrance around Yom HaShoah.

“Seventy-six years after the Holocaust, shadows of the same dark forces of hate are again emerging in our nation and around the world, with disturbing displays of antisemitism seen on the streets of Charlottesville, on the sacred grounds of houses of worship and even inside the United States Capitol on January 6.  This bigotry has reached into other communities, with the AAPI community and other communities of color targeted in hateful attacks, alongside Jewish Americans.  History reminds us how this evil, if left unchecked, can pave the path to the unspeakable horrors of the past, so we must never fail to confront and combat it wherever and whenever it arises.

“Last year, I led a Congressional delegation to Auschwitz to mark 75 years since the liberation, where we bore witness to the deadly consequences of inhumanity met with indifference.  On grounds scarred by indescribable evil, we reaffirmed our vow to remember the horrors of the Shoah and work to end the scourge of hate in our time.  Today we renew that pledge by saying the names of those we lost and praying that their memory will move us to build a world in which no child or family is forced to live in fear because of who they are or what they believe.”