Holocaust Remembrance

Congressman Peters and other Members of Congress Call on President Obama to Step-Up U.S. Participation in Holocaust Remembrance. As International Community Works to Preserve Auschwitz Concentration Camp, U.S. Has Fallen Behind on Commitment of Funds

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Congressman Gary Peters and 44 other Members of Congress called upon President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to join the international community in committing funds to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, which seeks to preserve the decaying Nazi death camp to ensure that the atrocities of the Holocaust never occur again. While commitments have been made by the Polish, German, British and French governments, as well as the European Union, the United States has so far committed to little more than a promise to “review” the Foundation’s plans.

“It is our duty as Americans to ensure that Elie Wiesel’s message ‘Never Forget’ is put to action,” said Rep. Peters.  “This letter urges the U.S. to join the international effort to preserve the facts about the atrocities of the Nazis so that the eleven million innocent holocaust victims, including six million Jews, are remembered always.  The international community is acting and the United States must do its fair share in this endeavor.”

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp, the site of more than 1.1 million murders through systematic starvation, forced labor, individual execution and gas chambers.  The Foundation is seeking to accumulate $160 million for the conservation of the grounds, buildings, and artifacts of the death camp.  Congressman Peters and other House colleagues of many faiths and both political parties are calling upon the Obama Administration to at least match the highest contribution pledged to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, as soon as possible.

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