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“Today the City of Chicago commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day and especially the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. We reflect on those who suffered those unspeakable atrocities, including the estimated 2,500 to 3,000 Holocaust survivors in the Chicagoland area. As we remember the evil that took place, we are also reminded of the capacity of the human spirit to confront it.
“But as we stand together in solemn remembrance, we must also commit to standing up to anti-Semitism here at home, in Europe, or anywhere in the world. It is our responsibility to teach our children about what happened in the past so that it never happens again in the future.”