Am man with a Jewish yarmulke walks in front of the camp entrance after a wreath-laying ceremony on occasion of the global Holocaust remembrance day in the forme Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.
"Our Nation is indebted to the Holocaust's survivors". Administration officials said the statement's aim was to honor all victims of the Holocaust, not just the Jews.
Historians estimate the total number of deaths to be 11 million, with the victims encompassing gay people, priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah's Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, black people and resistance fighters.
The White House issued a statement in Washington on Friday to to partake in the celebrations of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian troops on January 27 1945 and the Holocaust as a whole. "Yet it is also through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love".
"We recognize International #HolocaustRemembranceDay so that #WeRemember all the innocent men, women, and children lost", she said. We will condemn hatred.
The President said "every generation must learn" from the holocaust in order to prevent "new horrors" from happening.
Through studying, teaching and memorialising this disastrous episode in the history of mankind, the world is reminded of what we are capable of if we permit those with evil inclinations to reach power, and indeed Holocaust Memorial Day is now also a day of remembrance of subsequent genocides, including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Democratic lawmakers subsequently attempted to pass a resolution slamming the White House for its statement, but that move was blocked by the Republicans.
Here is the message I have written in the Holocaust Educational Trust memorial book ahead of the service I am attending...
Poles have fought for years against the use of phrases like "Polish death camps", which suggest Poland was at least partly responsible for the camps where millions of people, mostly Jews, were killed by Nazi Germany. Nazi ideology was rooted in hate & #anti-semitism.