Recognizing the Seventieth Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitzby Representative G. K. Butterfield
Posted on 2015-01-28
of north carolina
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Mr. Speaker, Wednesday marked the seventieth
anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on
January 27, 1945. An estimated 1.1 million people, mostly of Jewish
descent, lost their lives there between 1940-1945.
The seventieth anniversary occurs at a pivotal time. The recent terrorist attacks carried out in France demonstrated that anti-Semitism still exists as the world witnessed the senseless killing of people solely based on their religion. The senseless attacks in France remind us of the dark days of World War II when so many lost their lives because of their religion or ethnicity.
We must never forget the atrocities that occurred at Auschwitz and elsewhere during the Holocaust. The human race must never again let such unspeakable events take place. Racism, prejudice, and anti- Semitism must not be allowed in our societies and must be stopped wherever they occur.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in remembrance of the lives lost at Auschwitz. I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the magnitude of this anniversary and the significance that it plays in our world today.