WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump published on Thursday a presidential proclamation for Israel's national Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah. The proclamation explains the background for this day's commemoration in Israel, and states that its purpose is "to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by internalizing the lessons of this atrocity so that it is never repeated."
Trump wrote on his personal Twitter account that "On Yom HaShoah we remember the six million Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust. With each passing year, our duty to remember this atrocity increases."
Trump's specific reference to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust comes after his administration last year published a statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that drew criticism for failing to mention the Jewish people or anti-Semitism.
Trump proclamation Wednesday came in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day in which he called on the people of the U.S. to observe a week of the "Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust" from April 12 through April 19. Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 12.
In the White House statement, Trump also reflected on the importance that 2018 is the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when imprisoned Polish Jews mounted an act of armed resistance against the Nazis. It was the first uprising in the areas of German occupation during World War II and an event of great significance in the history of World War II.
Last year in April, Polish Jewish leaders criticized Trump for not including a stop at a monument for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in the itinerary of his two-day visit to Poland. In a joint statement, local Jewish leaders rebuked the absence of a presidential visit to the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.
According to the statement's authors, ever since the fall of Communism in 1989, all U.S. presidents and vice presidents visiting Warsaw had made a point of visiting that site.