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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release May 02, 2000
                        ON HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

Tipper and I extend our warmest greetings to all those observing Yom Hashoah, the Day of Remembrance for victims of the Holocaust.

On this day, we take time not only to remember the millions of innocent men, women, and children who perished in this greatest of human tragedies, but also to stiffen our resolve so that never again will the world be visited with such evil or know such horror.

As we enter the new century, the generation of survivors and witnesses is slowly leaving us. It is our solemn obligation to make sure that their memories are not only left behind in the history books. We must also teach our children the history of the Holocaust so that they can learn its lessons: that evil can not go unchecked, that racism and bigotry can not be tolerated, and that human dignity must always be defended.

On this Day of Remembrance, let us all resolve to hold these lessons close to our hearts, for only in our individual acts of remembering can we make sure that the world never forgets -- and never repeats -- the cruelty that stained this past century.

May you have a meaningful Yom Hashoah.