WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, joined the international community to honor the six million Jews who were murdered and millions of others who were victimized, including members of the LGBTQ community, under Nazi Germany before and during World War II.
“Today, we honor the millions of lives lost in one of the worst chapters in human history,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “More than seventy years after the liberations of Nazi Germany’s concentration and death camps, the horrors of the Holocaust continue to haunt us, and it is clear that our work combating anti-Semitism is far from over. In just over the last six months alone, we have seen two particularly horrific attacks on the Jewish community in the United States, among many others. The shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania and the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California are tragic reminders that hate continues to plague our world with often deadly consequences. Today, we must all stand united against anti-Semitism, despotism and bigotry in all its forms, both here at home and around the world.”
Yesterday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a new report on anti-Semitic incidents in 2018. ADL recorded 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2018, including the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of this country. To read the full report, click here.
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The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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