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New York lights Niagara Falls, other sites yellow for Holocaust memorial

‘We remember the millions murdered’: State leaders commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as hate crimes remain high and awareness of genocide drops in US

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

One World Trade Center in New York City is lit up in yellow to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2022. (Courtesy/World Jewish Congress)
One World Trade Center in New York City is lit up in yellow to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2022. (Courtesy/World Jewish Congress)

NEW YORK — New York lit up major landmarks across the state yellow on Thursday to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams ordered the campaign, part of a global effort by the World Jewish Congress.

Iconic sites were illuminated yellow at 6 p.m., including One World Trade Center, Niagara Falls, Madison Square Garden, Grand Central Terminal, City Hall in Manhattan and Albany’s Empire State Plaza, as well as major bridges around the state.

“We remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust and recommit ourselves to keeping their memories alive,” Hochul said. “New York will continue to welcome everyone with open arms and to fight against antisemitism that still plagues our world. We will never forget.”

Adams said, “‘Never again’ isn’t a mere slogan. It’s a promise to the memory of those in the Holocaust and the countless survivors who call New York City home that we will confront anti-Semitism in all its forms and protect our city from the forces of hatred.”

Hochul and Adams both have strong relationships with New York Jewish communities. Hochul has repeatedly spoken out against antisemitism since taking office last year and has taken action to improve security for New York Jews.

The World Jewish Congress campaign will also light up monuments in Jerusalem, Canada, Germany and other European countries.

The organization, along with UNESCO, also announced on Thursday a partnership with TikTok. The effort will direct users of the social media app to authoritative sources for those seeking Holocaust-related information.

The Israeli consulate in New York said it had partnered with the city and the World Jewish Congress on an educational campaign that broadcast information about the Holocaust on screens in the city.

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that most Americans have a general idea of the Holocaust, but did not know many details. Fewer than half knew how many Jews died in the attempted genocide, or that Adolf Hitler won power through democratic processes.

Older adults were better informed than younger Americans, and more knowledge was correlated with warmer feelings toward Jews, the survey found.

Jews are targeted in hate crimes in New York City more than any other group. In the most recent alleged attacks, a man was punched on a Brooklyn street on Saturday, a man threatened Jews with a machete on Tuesday and a woman was accosted on a subway on Wednesday.

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