Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA Statement on Riots at United States Capitol

MIAMI, Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors, we are profoundly saddened and angered by the violent attack on the United States Capitol and Congress to prevent our Nation’s sacred peaceful transition of power.  It was an insurrection, an effort to overturn the people’s will in the November 3 election.  For shame!  We abhor the violence that threatens our ability to live together in the diverse, free, and democratic United States that we so deeply love.  

It is also painful, in the year 2021, to see so many people brandishing symbols of anti-Semitism and racial bigotry, such as shirts glorifying the Holocaust, a gallows and noose, and the Confederate flag, as they attacked our Democracy.  We appreciate President-Elect Biden’s clear denunciation of the anti-democratic riots, and his recognition of their anti-Semitic and racist elements. 

Dangerous anti-Semitic conspiracies once confined to dark corners of the internet are gaining traction in “respectable” quarters, without clear condemnation by all who call themselves leaders. We have previously spoken out about the painful rise of anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence including murders at religious gatherings in Pittsburgh, Poway, Monsey, and in Europe as well. 

We, the remaining voices for six million Jews who were murdered because of the “normalization” of these tactics in Nazi Germany and Europe, are speaking out to sound the alarm loud and clear.  The poisonous political rhetoric from government leaders and media designed to arouse hateful passions, fan the flames of anger and violence, must be condemned by our leaders at every level, and by all of us in our families, businesses, religious institutions, and communities. 

The Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA Executive Committee: 

Israel Arbeiter, Boston, MA 

Dena Axelrod, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Magda Bader, Boston, MA 

Renee Firestone, Los Angeles, CA

Esther Finder, Las Vegas, NV 

Ella Frumkin, Los Angeles, CA

Jay Ipson, Richmond, VA 

Herbert Karliner, Miami Beach, FL

Leo Rechter, Queens, NY 

Annette Lantos, Washington, D.C.

David Mermelstein, Miami, FL 

Wendy Rothfield, Miami Beach, FL

Shirley Rubin, Boynton Beach, FL 

Anita Schuster, Las Vegas, NV

David Schaecter, Miami, FL 

Charles Srebnick, New York, NY

Esther Widman, Brooklyn, NY

Louise Lawrence-Israels, Washington D.C.

Endorsed by the Coordinating Council of Generations of the Shoah International (GSI)

Contact:

David Schaecter, HSF President – (305) 742-8501

Samuel J. Dubbin, HSF Counsel – (305) 815-8060

 

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