Rep. Grimm Remembers the Holocaust at Days of Remembrance Events

Apr 11, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs
Rep. Grimm Remembers the Holocaust at Days of Remembrance Events

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-SI/Brooklyn) participated in several events in Washington, DC for the National Days of Remembrance, which was established by Congress as an annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

“This week, I was honored to participate in several remembrance events, and to meet Holocaust survivors who told me their incredible stories,” said Rep. Grimm. “I commend the efforts of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in preserving the stories and memories of the Jewish and non-Jewish people who have suffered at the hands of Nazi tyranny. Their work and exhibits depict a horrific part of history that we shall never forget, and must never again allow to be repeated.”

Today, Rep. Grimm joined Congressional leaders for a ceremony in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the Days of Remembrance. Rep. Grimm played a key role in making the ceremony possible. He authored legislation, H.Con.Res.14, which unanimously passed the House on March 6, 2013 to authorize the use of the Capitol rotunda on April 11, 2013, for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.

Yesterday, Rep. Grimm visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he met with Holocaust survivors and participated in a name reading of those who perished. Rep. Grimm serves on the Museum’s Holocaust Memorial Council as one of five House members selected by the Speaker of the House to serve on the council.

Rep. Grimm is also a co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus.

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More information on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Council:

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is a public-private partnership that was established by Congress on October 7, 1980.  It opened its doors in Washington, DC on April 26, 1993 with the mission to advance and disseminate knowledge about the Holocaust, preserve the memory of those who suffered, and encourage reflection upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by those events.

The museum is overseen by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.  The council includes 55 private citizens appointed by the U.S. president, five members of the Senate and five members of the House of Representatives, and three ex-officio members from the Departments of State, Education, and Interior.