Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 25, 2017

Israel's annual Holocaust remembrance continues Monday morning when at 10 o'clock local time, sirens will wail as the entire country stands in two minutes of silence for the victims of Hitler's genocide.

A wreath laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial followed, with Israeli leaders and Holocaust survivors in attendance. "That's a Jewish value, it's a universal value and we take that very seriously", said Jeff Dannick, executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. "He one must admit that the answer is mainly 'no'".

The central theme of this year's commemorations at Yad Vashem is "Restoring Their Identities: The Fate of the Individual During the Holocaust".

175 museum members, donors and Holocaust survivors are expected to attend the ceremony.

US President Donald Trump paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust on Sunday and lauded Jewish courage in the face of genocide, in Holocaust Remembrance Day remarks to a leading worldwide Jewish group.

The Holocaust wiped out a third of world Jewry.

Presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, said in a White House statement that world leaders should pledge to ensure that "genocide like the Holocaust will never happen again". "Jews across the world have proved the truth of these words day after day". These incidents include Sean Spicer's recent gaffe about the Holocaust, and the Trump Administration's hesitation in denouncing a series of anti-Semitic incidents over the past several months.

The Zelwins battled Nazis in the forest of Belarus during World War II.

Many of you here today helped fulfill the same dream, the dream of Israel for millions, a dream that burned in the hearts of oppressed and fallen and which now draws the breath of life from a joyous people each and every day.

In January, on global Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Trump administration statement failed to mention Jews, the overwhelming majority of those who were killed in concentration camps under Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

"We must never forget", said Trump, who will give a speech today at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. She was selected for her contributions to Holocaust memory and education.

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