Statement by the President: Signing of H.R. 4115 - Permanent Authorization of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (10/13/00)

                         Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           October 13, 2000

                           STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 4115, which would permanently authorize
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

     One of my earliest acts as President was to dedicate the Museum, and since
then almost 15 million people have visited the institution, which serves as a
constant and painful reminder that racism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of
hatred are ever-present dangers, and that indifference to hatred makes each of
us complicit in some way.  Each generation must be taught these critical lessons
anew, and therefore the Museum's special emphasis on reaching America's young
people is vitally important for our country's future.

     The Museum has become a moral compass that must endure, especially as the
Holocaust recedes in time.  When the survivors are gone, our Nation will have
this vital American institution to illuminate humanity's darkest potential and
to inspire our eternal vigilance.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    October 12, 2000.

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