2018-01-31 / Local News

Trump message recalls the murder of 6 million Jews

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump in a message marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day called the Holocaust the “systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people”—a marked departure from last year when his message omitted any reference to Jews.

“Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death and concentration camp in Poland,” said the statement released noting the anniversary set by the United Nations to commemorate the Holocaust.

“We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis’ systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people,” it said.

Trump stirred controversy last year shortly after his inauguration by releasing a statement on the remembrance day that did not mention Jews. Administration officials said the statement’s aim was to honor all victims of the Holocaust, not just the Jews. An array of Jewish groups, including several that supported Trump, voiced outrage. (JTA)

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