Schakowsky Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 21, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day:


“Today on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we take a moment to recognize one of the darkest moments in history. Six million Jews were systematically and purposefully murdered at the hands of Nazi Germany. I hope all my constituents will take a moment to honor their memories and join me in an effort to ‘Never Forget’.


“Hate and extremism remain on the rise at home and abroad. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head. ‘Never Again’ means we must combat hate and genocide wherever it exists.


“While we must honor those who were lost during the unique events of the Holocaust by carrying on and living honorable and productive lives, the most important thing we can do to honor their memories is to refuse to repeat the same mistakes today that allowed for those atrocities to occur. The Jewish people are not uniquely threatened today. This is why I work to draw attention to the plight of the Rohingya people, or bias against Muslims, Hindus, LGBTQ+ and many others who are threatened around the globe. It is why I join my Armenian brothers and sisters in calling on the United States to officially recognize the violence against their people at the end of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. It is why I watch with alarm as our current President purposefully insights hate against immigrants, minorities, and shows bigoted support for white supremacists here at home.


“The 9th Congressional district of Illinois has one of the largest concentrations of Holocaust survivors in the country, but their numbers are growing smaller and smaller with time. 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. I encourage you and your family to visit once it is safe to do so. Our community has not forgotten and never will forget its history.”