President Trump announces ‘Days of Remembrance’ for Holocaust victims

April 13, 2018

In an official White House proclamation issued on Thursday, President Donald Trump called on Americans to observe a week of remembrance for “the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.”

The president asked that the nation honor the casualties of this massive human tragedy from April 12 through April 19 with “Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust.” He kicked off the week of reflection on the same date as Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A week of mourning

Following the formal press release, Trump shared the proclamation on Twitter with a message commemorating the massive loss of human life and solemnly pledging to “#NeverAgain” allow such an event to repeat itself. The president wrote:

On Yom HaShoah we remember the six million Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust. With each passing year, our duty to remember this atrocity increases as we pledge #NeverAgain. #HolocaustRemembranceDay

Trump noted that this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day is special because it marked the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. On April 19, 1943, an underground Jewish insurgency resisted their mass deportation to concentration camps and gas chambers, courageously fighting the Nazi occupation for nearly a month despite impossible odds.

“Their bravery inspires us to embrace all that is good about hope and resilience,” Trump wrote, calling these fighters “intrepid individuals” and “selfless heroes.” The presidential proclamation also explained how evil prospers when good people fail to act. Trump elaborated on the rise of Adolf Hitler and the refusal of Western leaders to stand up to tyranny:

Although spearheaded by one individual, this undertaking could not have happened without the participation of many others who recruited, persuaded, and coerced in their efforts to incite the worst of human nature and carry out the ugliest of depravity. The abject brutality of the Nazi regime, coupled with the failure of Western leaders to confront the Nazis early on, created an environment that encouraged and enflamed anti-Semitic sentiment and drove people to engage in depraved, dehumanizing conduct.

“By the end,” Trump noted, “the Nazis and their conspirators had murdered 6 million men, women, and children, simply because they were Jews.” The president was also careful to mention that other groups, such as Gypsies, Slavs, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, in addition to the physically and mentally disabled, were also victims of Hitler’s mass genocide.

During International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2017, Trump was criticized for failing to explicitly single out Jews as victims of the Holocaust. The White House responded to the resentment by explaining that Trump sought to honor all of the diverse victims of Nazi oppression.

Still, this reasoning was insufficient for the Republican president’s most persistent critics who, without evidence, have accused him of “trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes” and “employing anti-Semitic tropes.”

Friend of Israel

In conclusion, and despite the liberal defamation, Trump wrote that Americans have “a moral obligation to combat anti-Semitism, confront hate, and prevent genocide.” In fact, Trump has made fighting global anti-Semitism a cornerstone of his administration’s domestic and foreign policy agenda, even as political opponents attempt to characterize the president as a bigoted extremist.

While American and European leftists call for the boycotting of Israeli goods — and liberal academia sanctions Israeli universities — President Trump has bucked the weak-willed tradition of former presidents and recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. As a token of their appreciation, the Friends of Zion Museum presented Trump with an award for “stand[ing] with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.”

“We believe no American president in history has done more to defend the Jewish people in the United Nations,” Friends of Zion founder Mike Evans remarked.

But even as Trump issued his proclamation, Americans are forgetting about the evils of the mid-20th century. In a shocking commentary on America’s next generation, one in five millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of the Holocaust. Furthermore, 41 percent of millennials believe only two million or fewer Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

Fortunately, the president understands the importance of remembering history and stands with Israel — both in words and deeds. So long as America elects leaders with the same force of will and conviction of ideals as the current commander-in-chief, never again will tyranny control the destiny of an entire class of people.


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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.