April 27, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today released the following statement in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we mourn and honor the six million Jews and countless other lives lost or forever changed during one of the darkest chapters in human history.  

“77 years after Allied forces liberated countless Jews from horrific evils, disturbing displays of antisemitism and bigotry are still all too prevalent. From antisemitic or racially motivated hate crimes to inhumane treatment of refugees to the bombing of Ukrainian hospitals, the United States must defend human rights, stand up to fascism, and refuse to tolerate racism, bigotry, or violence in any form.

“In the words of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, ‘For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. For not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories.’ Today we carry forward those memories and recommit to ensuring the horrors of the Holocaust are never repeated.”


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.