For all of those people who looked to criticize President Donald Trump for not mentioning the Jews during International Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this year, we strongly feel this can be put behind us now.
Indeed, President Trump’s words this week at both the World Jewish Congress and the annual Days of Remembrance commemoration in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Yom HaShoah made it abundantly clear that the intent of the Holocaust was the annihilation of the Jews.
Trump said, “The Nazis massacred six million Jews. Two of every three Jews in Europe were murdered in the genocide. Millions more innocent people were imprisoned and executed by the Nazis without mercy, without even a sign of mercy.”
The U.S. State Department also held a ceremony last week honoring Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul to Lithuania who provided visas to over 6,000 Jews to escape the Nazis.
Ivanka Trump visited Berlin’s Holocaust memorial while at the G20 Women’s summit.
In her own message, she said, “I want my children to live in a world where every country and its leaders pledge to ensure genocide like the Holocaust will never happen again. I want them to grow up in a world where people are tolerant, inclusive and loving toward one another.”
Obviously, there’s a great deal going on in this world, from the recent North Korean threats to the funding of the federal government. Yet the president took the time to address an issue especially sensitive to the Jewish community.
This president took a stand against genocide and validated how the Jewish people lost millions.
We can’t ask for anything more on this. It’s time to move on.