Today, and every day, we mourn the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazis and their collaborators, as well as the Roma, Sinti, political opponents, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, and others persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime.  The Holocaust began with words – with labeling others as different, “less than,” a threat. Today, we hear disturbing words again in the midst of rising antisemitism.  To honor the victims of the Nazis, we reaffirm our commitment to combating Holocaust denial and distortion by speaking out, promoting accurate Holocaust education, and by standing against hate in all its forms.  The truth of the Holocaust is not up for debate, and neither is the relevance of the admonition of those who endured its horrors: “never again.”

The United States stands with Holocaust victims, their families, and their descendants.  We remember and we carry forward the legacy of survivors and their families when we apply the lessons of the Holocaust to combat antisemitism and other forms of intolerance.  We do so as we work with people of conscience everywhere to build a world where hate has no place.

U.S. Department of State

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