Congressman Zeldin Appointed to US Holocaust Memorial Council

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Photo: 20th Anniversary (Oct. 2012) banners over the 14th street entrance to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Source: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Website (

House Speaker Paul Ryan has appointed Congressman Lee Zeldin to serve on the Holocaust Memorial Council. The council was established in 1980 by Congress, dedicated to honoring the survivors and preserving the memory of the six million European Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The Holocaust Memorial Council is responsible for the maintaining and funding of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, while broadening public awareness and education of humanity’s most atrocious tragedy.

“We must forever remember the millions of innocent people who were senselessly and tragically murdered during the Holocaust, which was one of the darkest periods in human history, and stands as a solemn reminder of the dangers of hatred, ignorance, and racism in every form. During the Holocaust, Nazis targeted the entire Jewish race for extermination and murdered several million innocent Jews as well as millions of other innocent people. We must continue to share the stories of those who survived the Holocaust and those who did not. Their lives must be honored and memorialized, and never again can we allow history to repeat itself.” – Congressman Lee Zeldin, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus

House Speaker, Paul Ryan praised Congressman Zeldin as a valuable member to the Council.

“Lee is someone who has consistently shown his commitment to ensuring history never repeats itself—and I am honored to appoint him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. As one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, Lee’s leadership will be an important addition to this group,” – Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council consists of 55 members appointed by the President, five members from the U.S. House of Representatives, five members from the U.S. Senate and three members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is considered this Nation’s institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. The museum also serves as a U.S. memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is located adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC.

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