White House Declares Holocaust Remembrance Week

President Trump reiterated America’s commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.

The Trump administration has designated April 28 to May 5 as Holocaust Remembrance Week. According to a proclamation made by United States President Donald J. Trump, the White House will honor about six million Jewish women, children, and men slaughtered by the Nazi regime. The Yom HaShoah day will also remember disabled individuals, Slavs, Poles, Roma, Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Soviet Prisoners of War (POWs) who were systematically targeted and then killed by Nazis and the murderous regime’s collaborators.

The marking of Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day carries special significance in the present time as Jews are now being targeted again all over the world. Especially in the United States. A person was gunned down and three injured after a gunman opened fire inside a California synagogue Saturday. Jacob Solomon, president, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, said the lessons learned from the Holocaust would only be effective if everyone learns and makes sure the horrific events do not get repeated. David Mermelstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, said the recent shootings in the United States harshly reminds everyone that a substantial amount of hate continues against Jews. He lamented that such events bring back terrible memories of the Holocaust and it shocks him that such events could happen in the U.S.

The California shooting comes barely six months after another synagogue mass shooting. Robert Gregory Bowers, a 46-year old American, walked into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation on October 27 during a birth ceremony and shot dead 11 attendees. This attack is considered as the deadliest attack inflicted on the American Jewish community in modern U.S. history.

President Trump said the Holocaust will haunt humanity’s conscience for eternity. Depravity and destruction follow if evil and hatred remain unchecked. The Nazi regime wanted to extinguish entire populations of varied ethnicities which they deemed undesirable. The U.S. President continued, saying that although the Holocaust victims get honored, it is also important to celebrate the rescuers and survivors who trumped over horrific injustices, daunting odds, and seemingly endless nights. Trump was clear the U.S. Government and Americans will continue to promote human rights and fight anti-Semitism.

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