November 19, 2003
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM CONDEMNS ATTACK ON TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, CANDLES HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum vigorously condemns the burning of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute.
This criminal act is an attack not only on the memory of the Holocaust, but also on the basic American values of pluralism, individual dignity, and mutual respect. The Holocaust teaches the ultimate lesson about the importance of our common humanity, a lesson the perpetrators of this crime have rejected. Their cowardly deed is an insult not only to Holocaust survivors, but the entire community as well. The Museum extends its sympathy to Terre Haute, and urges others to take heed that the lessons of the Holocaust have yet to be learned.