At Holocaust remembrance, President Trump pledges to confront anti-Semitism

President Trump gave a speech Tuesday as part of the Holocaust museum’s “Days of Remembrance.” Trump recalled the horrors of the holocaust and pledged his administration would confront anti-Semitism today.

After some introductory remarks, Trump praised the legacy of holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, calling him an “angel who lived through hell.” Wiesel passed away last July. Trump then spoke about the holocaust saying, “The Nazi’s massacred six million Jews. Two out of every three Jews in Europe were murdered in the genocide.” He continued, “Yet even today there are those who want to forget the past. Worse still, there are even those filled with such hate—total hate—that they want to erase the holocaust from history.

“Those who deny the holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil. And we’ll never be silent. We just won’t. We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again. Denying the holocaust is only one of the forms of dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world. We’ve seen anti-Semitism on University campuses, in the public square and in threats against Jewish citizens.”

“This is my pledge to you. We will confront anti-Semitism,” Trump said. He also promised to “always stand” with the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.

In the latter half of his speech, Trump told the story of holocaust survivor Gerda Klein who was liberated by a U.S. soldier. “She saw a car coming towards her,” Trump said. He continued, “Many cars had driven up before but this one was different. On its hood, in place of that wretched swastika, was a bright, beautiful, gleaming white star.

“Two American soldiers got out; one walked up to her. The first thing Gerda said was what she had been trained to say: ‘We are Jewish, you know. We are Jewish.’ And then he said, ‘So am I.’ It was a beautiful moment after so much darkness, after so much evil.

“As Gerda took the soldier to see other prisoners, the American did something she had long forgotten to even expect. He opened the door for her. In Gerda’s words that was the moment of restoration, of humanity, of humanness, of dignity and of freedom. But the story does not end there because, as some of you know, that young American soldier who liberated her and who showed her such decency would soon become her husband.”

Trump concluded his speech saying, “We know that in the end good will triumph over evil and that as long as we refuse to close our eyes or to silence our voices we know that justice will ultimately prevail.” “So today we mourn, we remember, we pray and we pledge never again,” he said.

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