U.S. President Barack Obama called on the world community on Monday to honor the memory of the Holocaust and oppose anti-Semitism wherever it takes root.
"On this Yom HaShoah, I join people of all faiths in the United Sates, in the State of Israel, and around the world in remembering the six million Jews – innocent men, women and children – who were senselessly murdered during the Holocaust, as well as all the victims of Nazi brutality and violence," Obama wrote in a statement posted on the White House website.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to address survivors of the Holocaust, along with many of those who have worked so hard to preserve their testimony and share their stories, when I speak at the Shoah Foundation next week," Obama wrote.
Obama is scheduled to speak at the Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary gala on May 7, where he will receive the Ambassador for Humanity Award from Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg will present the award recognizing the president's efforts to protect human rights as well as his commitment to education and expanding educational technology.
In his statement on Monday, Obama said that even as the world mourns the lives lost in the Holocaust, "this day also provides us with an opportunity to honor those who emerged from the darkness of the Shoah to rebuild their lives in new communities around the world."
"On this Yom HaShoah," concluded Obama, "let us recommit ourselves to the task of remembrance, and to always oppose anti-Semitism wherever it takes root. Together, we must give enduring meaning to the words 'Never Again.'"
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