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​B’nai B’rith International sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump, expressing concern that his statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day did not specifically mention the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The White House statement failed to recognize the genocide that occurred against the Jewish people, or the anti-Semitism that led to it.
In their letter, President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin write: “The omission of any specific reference to the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust is deeply troubling. While it is true that not all victims of the Holocaust were Jewish, it is also true that Jews were the only group targeted for genocide. Indeed, the complete annihilation of the Jewish people was the stated goal of Hitler’s Final Solution, which culminated in the Holocaust.”
They concluded with: “Mr. President, we hope that your future statements about the Holocaust will acknowledge the Nazi genocide committed against the Jewish people. We further hope that your comments will underscore the importance of combating anti-Semitism and promoting Holocaust education in our time.”
To read the full letter click here