U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of Allied forces freeing the survivors of Auschwitz:
“Seventy years ago, Allied forces liberated the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland. 7,000 survivors were mercifully freed. Some 1.3 million souls, however, did not emerge from those cursed gates.
“They were victims of the systematic torture, abuse and murder that characterized the genocidal Nazi project that attempted to eradicate the Jews.
“Seventy years ago, a great evil was beaten back, and the remarkable success of the Jewish people to establish their own flourishing, democratic state stands as the quintessential testimony to this victory.
“But as recent events so starkly remind us, the evil of anti-Semitism may have been defeated at Auschwitz, but it was not eradicated.
“‘Never again’ and ‘never forget’ must be more than catch-phrases today, they must be a call to action to continue the fight against this particularly insidious and vicious bigotry in our own time.”