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Trump Scrapped Version Of Holocaust Remembrance Message That Recognized Jewish Victims

A Holocaust survivor shows her number tattoo A Holocaust survivor shows her number tattoo
Cecilia Poole | 04 February, 2017, 00:37

The State Department drafted its own statement last month marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that explicitly included a mention of Jewish victims, according to people familiar with the matter, but President Donald Trump's White House blocked its release.

White House spokespeople defended the omission at the weekend, including chief of staff Reince Priebus, who told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday "I don't regret the words", adding: "I mean, everyone's suffering in the Holocaust, including, obviously, all of the Jewish people".

The White House statement on the day of remembrance said: "It is with a heavy heart and a somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust".

"As a child of Holocaust survivors whose parents and grandparents went to Auschwitz, and as a representative of the largest population of Holocaust survivors in the USA, it is egregious and a slap in the face to the millions of Jews whose lives were forever changed as a result of the Holocaust", he said.

This statement was heavily criticised for the omission.

Stephen Harmon, professor of history, said that he has been disappointed in the past with how people have handled Holocaust Remembrance Day, as well as how American school systems often fail to mention all of the groups that were affected. Asked if it was Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a leading adviser, Spicer refused to say.

"There were indeed millions of innocent people whom the Nazis killed in many horrific ways, some in the course of the war and some because the Germans perceived them-however deluded their perception-to pose a threat to their rule", Lipstadt wrote.

Former presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, both mentioned the 6 million Jews who died in Nazi Germany and acknowledged the state-sponsored anti-Semitic movement that lead to their persecution. "Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world". "It is my hope that President Trump acknowledges this disgusting mistake and issues an apology to the Jewish community", Hikind said.

However, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum states, those victims actually numbered in hundreds and thousands, not millions, and though t they should be remembered, Holocaust Remembrance Day's final solution was the eradication of two-thirds of European Jews through a systemic, state-sponsored genocide - and that should never be undermined.

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