75 Years After the Holocaust: The Ongoing Battle Against Hate

Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“75 Years After the Holocaust: The Ongoing Battle Against Hate”

CHAIRWOMAN MALONEY'S OPENING STATEMENT

 

TOPICS

  • On Monday, January 27, 2020, the world will come together to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Three quarters of a century after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the Holocaust in order to help combat bigotry, hate, and violence of all kinds today. 
  • There has been a sinister increase in hate crimes not only against the American Jewish community, but also against African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and others.
  • The Oversight Committee will continue its ongoing investigation into the threat of hate crimes and white supremacy in the coming weeks and months, including the Trump Administration’s shameful role in fomenting division and discrimination.

BACKGROUND ON SERIES OF HEARINGS

  • The Committee has been holding a series of hearings over the past year through its Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties led by Chairman Jamie Raskin. 
  • These have included hearings on May 15, 2019, on efforts to collect accurate statistics and combat white supremacist hate crimes and domestic terror; on June 4, 2019, on the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security to combat white supremacist extremist violence; and on September 20, 2019, on the increasingly global and transnational terrorist threat to U.S. national security of white supremacist extremism.
  • The Subcommittee will hold another hearing on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, on efforts to combat global religious persecution.
  • The Committee and Subcommittee are also planning additional hearings, including hearings on voter suppression in minority communities, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination, anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions, and issues facing LGBTQ individuals.

Witnesses

Nat Shaffir
Holocaust Survivor

Brad Orsini
Senior National Security Advisor, Secure Community Network
Former Director of Community Security, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Dr. Edna Friedberg
Historian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Jonathan Greenblatt
Chief Executive Officer
Anti-Defamation League

Hilary O. Shelton
Director, Washington Bureau & Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Dore Gold (Minority Witness)
President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.
Former Director General, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Documents

116th Congress