The President said that the people who survived the Holocaust “are the epitome of extraordinary resilience” while stressing that many of them need support.
US President Joe Biden has declared the week from April 4 to April 11 a week dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This is stated in the presidential proclamation, published on Sunday. This week marks the Day of Remembrance of the Disaster (Yom HaShoah), celebrated in Israel.
“In Yom ha-Shoah… We stand in solidarity with Jews in America, Israel, and around the world as we remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust,” Biden said in the proclamation.
The President recalled that the Nazis and their accomplices systematically killed six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims-Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled people, representatives of the LGBTQ+ community, and others.
“”We remember the precious lives lost, we reflect on the unfathomable wound inflicted on humanity, we grieve for the destroyed and scattered communities,” the President said.
The days are also dedicated to honoring Holocaust survivors, some of whom are still alive and “are the epitome of extraordinary resilience after all these years,” Biden said.
The President shared his memories of how he learned about this tragedy.
“I… learned about the horrors of the Holocaust from my father when I was growing up and sought to pass this story on to my children and grandchildren. I took them to Dachau so that they could see for themselves what happened there and instill in them the need to speak out whenever they witness anti-Semitism or any form of ethnic or religious hatred, racism, homophobia or xenophobia,” the proclamation reads.
“Holocaust survivors inspire each one of us,” Biden said. – Yet they continue to live with the unique mental and physical scars of the unthinkable trauma of the Holocaust, with many survivors living in poverty in the United States.”
“It is our moral duty to recognize the pain experienced by the survivors, to support them and to make sure that their memories and experiences of the Holocaust are not denied or distorted, and that the lessons for all of humanity are never forgotten.”