Obama: We must heed the urgency to listen to last living Holocaust survivors
U.S. president sends Jewish people a message on Holocaust Remembrance Day saying 'our grief and our outrage over the Nazis’ murder of six million Jews and so many others have not diminished.'
United States President Barack Obama sent a message Monday to the Jewish people around the world in honor of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of over six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
"I join people here at home, in Israel, and around the world in commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day and in honoring the memory of all those who suffered, died and lost loved ones in one of the most barbaric acts in human history," Obama said in a statement.
"More than six decades after the Holocaust, and at a time when Holocaust denial and genocidal ideologies persist, our grief and our outrage over the Nazis’ murder of six million Jews and so many others have not diminished," he said.
Obama mentioned the 65th anniversary of the verdicts at the first Nuremberg trial as a "defining moment in international justice," and said that the 50th anniversary of Adolf Eichmann’s trial which introduced to the world firsthand testimonies from those who had suffered the horrors of the Holocaust, remind us that "we must heed the urgency to listen to and care for the last living survivors, camp liberators and the witnesses to the Shoah."
"From this tragedy we see the cost of allowing hatred go unanswered in the world, but from this justice we also see the power of holding the perpetrators of genocide accountable.
Remembering these events only reinforces our solemn commitment to confront those who tell lies about our history and to stop the spread of hate in our own time," the U.S. president said.