RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day
NEW JERSEY — Today, January 27, 2024, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement honoring those murdered in the Holocaust:
“Today, we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember the 6 million Jews, and millions more, who were murdered in the Shoah. This day is deeply significant to my family and me. I am the grandson of a World War II veteran who fought the Nazis, and my wife’s grandparents lost their entire family in the Holocaust.
We must always remember the Holocaust and recommit to learning the lessons of the attempt to eliminate European Jewry. We all have an obligation to teach future generations about this evil and to pledge: Never Again.
With a stunning rise in antisemitism and Holocaust denial and after October 7, 2023, the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust, this lesson is important now more than ever. That is why I’ve introduced the Holocaust Education and Antisemitism Lessons (HEAL) Act which will direct the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to conduct a study on Holocaust education efforts in public schools nationwide.
Our history teaches us that we have a responsibility to confront bigotry, hatred, and intolerance wherever it can be found. It takes all of us to stand up to hate and extremism of any kind.”