January 27, 2023
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today that City Hall and other municipal buildings will be lit yellow tonight in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Pure hate led to the death of more than 6 million Jewish people during the Holocaust. We will never forget all those lost, but, on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we also recommit ourselves to stamping out antisemitism and all forms of hate across our city,” said Mayor Adams. “Whether you are part of the 1.6 million Jewish people who call New York City home, or a member of one of the many other faiths here in our city, hate has no place here, and we will do everything in our power to defeat the pipeline leading to it. As part of this commitment, we are going to organize 1,000 meals and conversations across the city as part of our ‘Breaking Bread, Building Bonds’ initiative, bringing everyday New Yorkers from different backgrounds together to listen and learn from each other.”
First designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Mayor Adams acknowledged the solemnity of the day and the importance of Holocaust education.
In addition to City Hall, the following city buildings will be lit up yellow starting tonight at sundown:
“On behalf of the World Jewish Congress, I’d like to thank Mayor Eric Adams, mayor of the City of New York — home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel — for participating in our #WeRemember campaign and lighting up city buildings yellow in connection with International Holocaust Remembrance Day,” said Ronald S. Lauder, president, World Jewish Congress. “The illumination of these city landmarks sends an unmistakable message that by reflecting on this tragic period of history, it is possible to build a stronger future for all. New Yorkers live in the most diverse city in the world, and through proper education, together we can ensure a better future by making sure the past is never forgotten.”