Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) released the following statement in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"For Holocaust survivors and their families, the images of rioters storming the Capitol – one wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt - were shocking, but not new. Nationalism, anger, bigotry, and misinformation are the unholy forces that brought about the Holocaust. And they are the same forces that led to the deaths of five Americans at the US Capitol on January 6.
"To see these forces rise again in America, coupled with conspiracy theories like QAnon rife with anti-Semitic rhetoric, is yet one more example of why ‘Never Again’ is not a statement of fact, but a call to action.
"Over the past decade, we have seen a marked rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes and acts of domestic terror against Jewish places of worship and the communities they serve. In 2019 alone, anti-Semitic hate crimes reached an all-time high with over 2,100 acts of anti-Semitic hate and a 56% increase in assaults against those of Jewish heritage or faith.*
"Six million Jewish men, women, and children died in the Holocaust, along with over a million Romani and other minority ethnic groups. The longer we deny the connection between misinformation, conspiracy theories, and the targeting of the minority groups they vilify, the more likely we are to see such atrocities again.
"‘Never again’ is not an inevitability. It is a promise we all must make. And to the six million and the families torn away from them, carrying on their stories, I say: Never again."
*Source: "Antisemitic Incidents Hit All-Time High in 2019." Anti-Defamation League,
Anti-Defamation League, https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/antisemitic-incidents-hit-all-time-high-in-2019