On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the Museum issued the following statement:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum mourns the loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia, and strongly condemns the violence and the neo-Nazi, racist, and antisemitic symbols and language used by some of the participants, including reported chants of “The Jews will not replace us.” Neo-Nazism in any form is antithetical to American values and has no place in American society.
Holocaust history teaches that the targeting of Jews was central to Nazi racist ideology and that it began with hateful rhetoric. By the end of World War II, the Germans and their collaborators had murdered six million Jews and millions of other innocent civilians, many of whom were also targeted for racial reasons.
You can the Museum's video statement here.
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White nationalists carry torches while marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, 2017. Evelyn Hockstein
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