Today, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-21) announced the introduction of a bipartisan congressional resolution with Reps. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Steve Israel (NY-03), and Peter Roskam (IL-06) recognizing the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz that took place on January 27, 1945. More than 1.1 million people lost their lives in the Auschwitz concentration camps, making it one of the deadliest manifestations of the Nazi's Final Solution plan to commit genocide against the Jewish people. Today, millions of people around the world remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust through the United Nations' designation of January 27th as International Day of Commemoration.
"More than 1.1 million men, women, and children, the vast majority of them Jewish, perished within the walls of the Auschwitz death camps before it was liberated by Soviet troops 70 years ago today. The horrific methods for systematic murder employed at Auschwitz, including mass executions, gas chambers, starvation, and torture, encapsulated the brutality of the Nazi regime that claimed the lives of over 11 million people and successfully exterminated more than 60 percent of the pre-war Jewish population in Europe.
"We offer this resolution today out of our shared responsibility to ensure the world knows what evil is possible when hatred and intolerance go unchecked and basic human dignity is denied. In light of the recent anti-Semitic attacks around the world, most recently in France, it is important that on International Holocaust Remembrance Day we memorialize those lost by standing united against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and prejudice."