U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement today in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day:
"Every passing day presents new challenges for how best to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust, and how to educate our children about the horrors of that dark era. As we grow further from these chilling events, we see more and more attempts to revise history and downplay the travesty that took place.
"It is up to us to reaffirm and honor the promise never to forget these atrocities, and never to allow them to be repeated. We will continue to counter hatred, prejudice, and anti-Semitism with education, tolerance, and acceptance.
"We must also work to right the enduring wrongs of the Holocaust. Insurance and rail companies have spent seven decades avoiding accountability for their Holocaust-era actions. Individuals who were children during the Holocaust are now in their eighties, and time is running out to ensure that they are granted justice."
NOTE: H.R. 890, the Tom Lantos Justice for Holocaust Survivors Act, was authored by Ros-Lehtinen with her Florida colleague U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and unanimously passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 7, 2012. This bipartisan measure, which currently has 86 co-sponsors, would allow survivors to avail themselves of state laws passed to allow them to have their day in court and to require European insurance companies conducting business in those states to disclose Nazi-era insurance policy information. The measure also establishes a federal right of action to recover proceeds due under the covered policies.