MEMRI has updated its YouTube pages of the Tom Lantos Archives On Antisemitism & Holocaust Denial in the Arab and Muslim world to now include clips from the five events on Capitol Hill which, on an annual basis, mark the establishment of the Tom Lantos Archives and report on the year's news and trends regarding antisemitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.
The Tom Lantos Archives On Antisemitism And Holocaust Denial, which represent a collaborative effort between the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and MEMRI, are the repository of MEMRI's Antisemitism Documentation Project. These archives document this phenomenon in every form of media throughout the Middle East, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and more. The project also focuses on those brave individuals in the Arab and Muslim world who courageously speak out against it.
Over the course of the five years, top officials from the U.S. government have expressed their support via letters to MEMRI and the Archives. Such prominent figures include: Vice President Joseph Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of State John Kerry, among others.
Joseph R. Biden, Vice President of the United States: "The Tom Lantos Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial Archives will help future generations understand why we confront injustice, why we defend human rights, and why we honor all that Tom Lantos stood for."
John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives: "In April of 1945, after inspecting the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, General Dwight D. 'Ike' Eisenhower ordered all available American troops to go and witness the horrors he'd just seen. He also forced German citizens and officials from nearby towns to do the same… He understood that there must be a record, first-hand evidence, and incontrovertible answers to those who would deny the Holocaust. Ike's example is reflected in the work of the Middle East Media Research Institute. The Institute's Anti-semitism & Documentation Project provides clear, analytical monitoring of modern anti-semitism so that today's injustices may be confronted in the clear light of truth…"
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State: "These archives are an ongoing source of documentation of the high levels of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial that persist in writing, broadcasting, teaching, and preaching in various parts of the world. Through the work of the Lantos Archives, policy makers, the media, academics, opinion leaders, and civil society can become aware of these human rights violations…I am grateful that the work of my friend and colleague Congressman Lantos continues. The Lantos Archives plays a crucial role in exposing the age-old evils of anti-Semitism and thereby helping us to combat it in all its forms."
Various luminaries also attended and participated in the event each year. Below please find links to videos featuring the entire event for each year from 2009-2014 as well as those for individual speakers.
- House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5d3PKyv_34&list=PLModXsfE7mr_JMq3mqcIE1IRwgwdROeos)
- House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LsE1ATs7Dc&list=PLModXsfE7mr_JMq3mqcIE1IRwgwdROeos)
- House of Representatives Minority Whip Steny Hoyer: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w9YogcsSIA&list=PLModXsfE7mr_JMq3mqcIE1IRwgwdROeos)
- Secretary of State John Kerry: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCbzZoXQCC4)
- Director of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Sara Bloomfield: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ08CVi3qkc)
- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeZs-dDiv2o&list=PLModXsfE7mr-hqaYCFBJZSj4nZ4hTbBqP)
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF3KfzMWaGQ&list=PLModXsfE7mr-MX-faO_G8wUGqGDlT2Yed)
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3LWevBsp0c)
- House of Representatives Budget Chairman Paul Ryan: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qgR2sSnTBE&list=PLModXsfE7mr9iM8BUltNZ5rpt8Eblasey)
- Senator Bill Nelson: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1f9NvCoEL0)