President Donald Trump said in a proclamation on Thursday that his fellow Americans have a moral obligation to combat anti-Semitism, confront hate and prevent genocide. Noting Yom Hashoah, Israels Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump wrote:
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.
Besides the six million Jews who were murdered by Germanys National Socialist regime, Trump said that millions more died. We must ensure that the history of the Holocaust remains forever relevant and that no people suffer these tragedies ever again, the proclamation said. He noted that the Holocaust was the systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people.
Below is the full text of the proclamation as released:
Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2018
By the President of the United States of America
On Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during this week of remembrance, we reflect on one of the darkest periods in the history of the world and honor the victims of Nazi persecution. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when the imprisoned Polish Jews mounted a courageous and extraordinary act of...