Trump sends Duda proclamation on Auschwitz liberation remembrance day
US President Donald Trump on Monday sent Polish President Andrzej Duda the "Proclamation On National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz."
In the proclamation, the US president called on all Americans to observe this day with programmes, ceremonies, prayers, and commemorations to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution and also acknowledge the sacrifices of those "men and women who helped liberate the victims of this atrocity."
"On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and pay tribute to the American soldiers and other Allied Forces who fought tirelessly to defeat the Nazi regime," wrote the president. "We also recommit ourselves to the fight against anti-Semitism and to the two words that cannot be repeated often enough: Never Again," added the US president.
Trump wrote that "the Nazis implemented a systematic and methodical plan to exterminate the Jewish people and others they deemed undesirable. Two out of three Jews in Europe and millions of other people were murdered. They were sent to ghettos, concentration camps, and death camps where they were persecuted, imprisoned, starved, tortured, and executed. It is simply unthinkable that such barbarity occurred just 75 years ago."
The US president wrote that "survivors of the Holocaust continuously relive the nightmares of their experience."
"Those who are filled with hate must never succeed in their efforts to minimize, deny, or erase the Holocaust from our memories or our history books. We have a fundamental and collective duty to ensure that each new generation knows the truth," the president wrote.
"In the ultimate act of defiance, the Jewish people rose up from the ashes of the Holocaust to found and build the modern State of Israel. As I have said in the past, the State of Israel is an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people. To those who will seek the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people, we say: Never Again."
"Today, we honor the memory of those who were killed in the Holocaust. We cherish the survivors who ensured the perpetuation of the Jewish people. And we offer a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to our brave soldiers who sacrificed everything for freedom," President Donald Trump stressed. (PAP)