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Congressional Record, Volume 131, Number 49, April 24, 1985


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Congressional Record United States of America PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 99th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION Vol. !)l WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1985_No. -,f> Senate Mr. HECHT. Mr. President, as a Jewish member of this body, I'd like to join my colleagues in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. According to Rabbi Marvin Hier, who has co-authored and co-produced an Oscar-winning documentary on the Holocaust, 150,000 war criminals-members of the Gestapo, SS, and their collaborators?committed crimes against humanity. Only about 40,000 were ever formally charged, and only about 10,000 were convicted. It is fitting that this commemoration is about freedom. On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the nations of Eastern Europe remain under the yoke of communism because Joseph Stalin refused to keep a pledge to hold free elections in the liberated territories. We will never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and we should not forget. We should also remember that much of the rest of the world remains chained to the Soviet Union.