President Barack Obama called Holocaust Remembrance Day an opportunity to honor survivors.
In a statement posted April 28 on the White House website, Obama also called on the world to oppose anti-Semitism. “On this Yom HaShoah, I join people of all faiths in the United States, in the State of Israel, and around the world in remembering the 6 million Jews — innocent men, women and children — who were senselessly murdered during the Holocaust, as well as all the victims of Nazi brutality and violence,” Obama wrote.
“Even as we mourn those whose lives were taken, this day also provides us with an opportunity to honor those who emerged from the darkness of the Shoah to rebuild their lives in new communities around the world.”
In Israel on April 28, Israelis stood at attention for two minutes as a siren wailed throughout the country. Throughout the day, places of entertainment were closed and Holocaust themed-movies and documentaries were shown on television channels. Memorial ceremonies were held throughout the country. — jta