‘Never again’ pledge extends beyond Jewish community

Randel Everett, founding president of 21Wilberforce, speaks to an event focused on "Religious Persecution 75 years after the Holocaust." (Photo / U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Ken Camp / Managing Editor
FEBRUARY 11, 2020

WASHINGTON—The liberation of the Nazi death camps 75 years ago marked the end of the Holocaust but not the end of anti-Semitism, religious persecution or genocide, speakers emphasized at an event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“We wish that we did not have to be gathered here today. But the reality is 75 years after the end of the Holocaust, communities continue to be at risk of genocide and related crimes against humanity, often targeted on the basis of their ethnic and religious identity,” said Naomi Kikoler, director of the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

Advocates for Chinese and Assyrian Christians and for Uyghur and Rohingya Muslims joined Holocaust survivor Dora Klayman and the co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism at the Feb. 5 conference, held on the eve of the National Prayer Breakfast. The museum and 21Wilberforce, a Christian human rights organization committed to advancing freedom of religion, belief and conscience, sponsored the event.