Utah leaders and programs share messages for Holocaust Remembrance Day

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial June 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Blinken is on his second visit to Europe, following his trip to Britain and Belgium with President Joe Biden. Blinken will then travel to France and Italy. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

January 27 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a date to honor Holocaust survivors, the day the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated in 1945. Many heads of state have shared messages – some of hope for the future of learning from that day, some of bleak remembrance, and some condemning anti-Semitism in all its forms.

Governor Spencer Cox released a statement acknowledging the six million lives lost and the importance of never forgetting as we teach future generations about the horrific events. He said “we must reject and condemn anti-Semitism whenever we see it”.

Rabbi Avremi Zippel encouraged the public to stop using references to the Holocaust “for political issues that we don’t agree with.”

Senators Chris Stewart, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney also made statements.