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Rep. Frankel Statement Commemorating Yom HaShoah

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Lois Frankel (FL-22) released the following statement commemorating Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Today, on Yom HaShoah, we remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the six million Jewish men, women, and children and millions of others who were murdered by the Nazis,” said Rep. Frankel. “As antisemitic incidents and Holocaust denial continue to rise in communities across America, we must keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive and speak out against hate, bigotry, and ignorance.”

In 2022, the ADL counted nearly 4,000 antisemitic incidents throughout the country—the highest number on record since they began tracking in 1979, and a 36 percent increase from 2021. Antisemitic incidents have also tripled in Florida over the past decade. In the past two months, white supremacists have twice distributed fliers filled with antisemitic messages, as well as projected a Swastika onto a building in Downtown West Palm Beach.

Last year, Congress passed a bill led by Rep. Frankel and Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) to honor Benjamin Ferencz, at the time, the last living Nuremberg prosecutor, with the Congressional Gold Medal. Mr. Ferencz prosecuted the biggest murder case in world history, successfully bringing Nazi officials responsible for the deaths of over 1 million Jews and others to justice during the Nuremberg Trials. He remained an outspoken advocate for human rights throughout his remarkable life and career. Mr. Ferencz passed away at the age of 103 earlier this month; he is survived by his son and three daughters.