Chairwoman Maloney Holds Hearing to Examine the Ongoing Battle Against Hate 75 Years After the Holocaust

Jan 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, convened a hearing today to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  This hearing examined the lessons learned from the Holocaust and how this history can inform how we address bigotry and hatred today.

At the hearing, entitled, “75 Years After the Holocaust:  The Ongoing Battle Against Hate,” the Committee heard from multiple witnesses, including Holocaust survivor Nat Shaffir.  During her exchange with Mr. Shaffir, Chairwoman Maloney asked him what single message he hoped to convey to the American people.  He replied, “Two powerful words:  ‘speak out.’  It’s very important that we do not remain silent.”

Today’s hearing comes two days after International Holocaust Remembrance Day when the global community marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a camp where Nazis murdered more than a million people. 

On Monday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Rep. Maloney’s Never Again Education Act to provide educators with resources to teach their students about the Holocaust and the consequences of hate and violence.

Reflecting on the hearing, Chairwoman Maloney said, “Today’s hearing made clear that we must remember the Holocaust in order to help combat bigotry, hate, and violence of all kinds today.” 

Chairwoman Maloney pointed out that today’s hearing is one in a series the Committee is holding on these issues in the 116th Congress on efforts to combat bigotry, discrimination, and hate. 

She announced that additional hearings will be held in the coming weeks on voter suppression in minority communities, anti-Muslim discrimination, anti-immigrant actions, and issues facing LGBTQ communities.

You can watch the Chairwoman’s opening statement here.

You can watch the Chairwoman’s exchange with Mr. Shaffir here.