Apr 18, 2010
Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) joined the Jewish Community Relations Council and Stand With Us on Holocaust Remembrance Day in front of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mission to the United Nations at a vigil to commemorate the more than 6 million who were murdered by the Nazis and to call attention to the imminent danger posed to the world by Iran’s anti-Israel rhetoric and its nuclear program. In her remarks, Congresswoman Maloney pointed out that “the Nazis took six years to murder six million Jews. If Iran develops nuclear bombs, it will have the ability to do in a matter of minutes what it took the Nazis six years to do.”

The full text of Maloney’s remarks follows:

“On Holocaust Remembrance Day we remember the 6 million Jews who were brutally murdered by the Nazis and their allies.

We remember that the world stood silent while Jews were rounded up and shot, while families were taken from their homes and isolated in ghettos, while entire communities were "liquidated" – and the Jewish community was transported to concentration camps or shot.

While millions perished in the gas chambers there was no outrage. There were no protests.  There were no organizations dedicated to saving the Jews.

Although there were some heroes who risked their lives to save individual Jews – there was no organized effort to save the Jewish community.  Other than Denmark, nations occupied by Germany did not try to save their Jewish citizens – and many were complicit in their deaths.

Jews were their neighbors, their friends, their colleagues, their employees, their employers,
their teachers, their local shopkeepers – and yet, they stayed silent.

And the silence lasted years.

It started in 1933 when Hitler rose to power – and slowly stripped the Jews of their rights in Germany.

It continued in 1935 when the Nuremberg race laws were enacted – and Jews legally became second-class citizens.

And it continued in 1938 when the Nazis invaded Austria and when mobs raced through the streets breaking windows and destroying Jewish owned shops during Kristallnacht

And it stretched on when the Nazis began to round up Jews and kill them.

And in 1942 when the Final Solution – a plan to exterminate all Jews – was adopted, there were no protest marches.

The death camps were built – and German industrial might was used to efficiently murder millions – and the world stayed quiet.

Well, Germany had six years, from Kristallnacht to the liberation of the concentration camps.
It took them six years to kill six million Jews.

Today we have a new madman – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – and he is promising to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.  If Iran develops nuclear bombs, it will have the ability to do in a matter of minutes what it took the Nazis six years to do.

When madmen threaten to kill Jews – we should take them at their word.  There's a long history that shows they'll try to do what they say.  And we must do everything we can to make sure that this madman does not have the ability to carry out his threat.

I salute the young people who have risked their lives in Iran in the hopes of removing this madman from power.  Their courage deserves our praise and our support.  But a nuclear Iran will be a threat to every nation in the Middle East, regardless of who is in power.  And the despots of the Middle East all like to gain popular support by condemning Israel.

The best way to ensure that there's no possibility of a new, deadlier holocaust is to make sure there are no new nuclear nations.  I support efforts in Congress and by this Administration to make sure Iran does not get nuclear weapons – and I believe that we need strong sanctions to force Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.

If we don't act now – it will be too late.  We cannot afford to be silent this time.

Thank you.