Holocaust Organizations, Scholars
      and Educators
Sound Alarm on
      Surge in Hate Crimes

Issue Call to Action to
Lawmakers and Citizens

 

(December 6, 2016, New York, NY) – In a powerful statement
issued by an array of Holocaust institutions, scholars and
educators from around the world, an alarm is being sounded
on the rise of groups that promote intolerance and promote hate speech. More than 90 institutions and more than 70 individuals
call on lawmakers to condemn white nationalist groups and
ask citizens to be vigilant. 
The statement is as follows:

 

Recent months have seen a surge in unabashed racism and hate speech – including blatant antisemitism and attacks on Hispanics, Muslims, African-Americans, women, the LGBTQ community, as well as other
targeted groups.  Journalists have been threatened. Places of worship, schools and playgrounds have been defaced with Nazi symbols intended to intimidate and arouse fear.  White supremacist groups have

become self-congratulatory and emboldened.

 

As Holocaust scholars, educators and institutions, we
are alarmed by these trends.  History teaches us that intolerance, unchecked, leads to persecution and violence.  We denounce racism and the politics of fear that fuels it.  We stand in solidarity with all vulnerable groups.  We take Elie Wiesel’s words to heart: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human
beings endure suffering and humiliation."

 

Therefore, we call upon all elected officials as well as all civic and religious leaders to forcefully and explicitly condemn the rise in hate speech and any attacks on our democratic principles.  We call upon all media and social media platforms to refuse to provide a stage for hate groups and thus normalize their agenda.  And we call upon all people of good conscience to be vigilant, to not be afraid, and to speak out.

 

This statement is co-authored by members of the Association
of Holocaust Organizations, a network dedicated to the
advancement of Holocaust education, remembrance and
research, and is affirmed by the following institutions and individuals:

 

Organizational Signatories



AHOINFO
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance


ITS-International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen


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