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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Castro Observes International Day of Commemoration at the United Nations

Feb 1, 2018
Press Release

New York, N.Y. – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday attended the International Day of Commemoration at the United Nations and released the following statement:

“It was remarkable to attend yesterday’s International Day of Commemoration at the United Nations that honors the memories of those who perished in the Holocaust. Every year, this day reminds us of the horrors committed by the Nazi regime and their collaborators which took the lives of over 6 million Jews and hundreds of thousands of others.  


“But as we gather today as Americans, Germans, Israelis, Japanese, and countless other nationalities, I am reminded that we need to do more than just look back.

“In Syria and Iraq, ISIS systematically targets Yazidis and other minorities and in Burma, the military and security forces are carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people. So we must refocus our attention on ensuring future generations firmly, and without hesitation, reject all forms of anti-Semitism and any racism and violence that rears its ugly head.

“The Holocaust remains one the darkest stains on Europe’s history. But, only the wise will listen. So we must adhere to the lessons of the Holocaust, and be relentless in combating extremism and hate wherever it may occur. This is our shared responsibility and the only way to ensure never again remains a reality.”


Congressman Castro briefly met with the ninth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.

After the International Day of Commemoration ceremony wrapped up, Congressman Castro visited the Holocaust Museum of Houston’s visiting exhibit “The Butterfly Project.”

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