☷Commemorating the Day of Holocaust Remembrance United States Department of State
U.S. Department of State ( By Press Release office)
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Under the theme “Courage Facing Evil , ” today we mark the Day of Holocaust Remembrance and honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust . As we remember the horrors of that dark chapter , we are surrounded by descendants of Holocaust survivors who were inspired by their family’s suffering and courage to dedicate themselves to public service . It is a sentiment I share from my own family’s story . They are public servants like U . S . Ambassador Michèle Taylor , whose parents and grandparents managed to escape the Holocaust before the Nazis murdered her extended family . This terrible loss of loved ones and her family’s will to survive were catalysts for the Ambassador’s long career defending and advancing the cause of human rights . Today , she is the U . S . representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council , where she stands up for the freedom , equal rights and dignity of all , and where she is working to rally the world in support of Ukraine against Russia’s brutal war of aggression . Our charge remains to stand united against tyranny , lies , and hatred in all their forms . We must confront rising antisemitism . We must ensure that current and future generations learn the history and lessons of and from the Holocaust , so they feel a responsibility to stand up to injustice and take action against atrocities wherever they occur . This work is urgent . Fewer and fewer survivors are still with us , while those who deny and distort the history of the Holocaust are finding insidious new ways to spread their lies . Today we remember all Holocaust survivors , the six million Jewish men , women and children who were murdered , and the millions of others who were killed or suffered persecution and horrific inhumanity , including Roma , persons with disabilities , and LGTBQI+ persons who were targeted in the Nazis’ campaign of dehumanization . Their precious lives and memory teach us why it is important not only to remember , but also to act . Every act of courage in the face of evil gives meaning to our sacred vow “Never Again . ”
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