Заявление президента Байдена в День памяти Холокоста оказалось проникновенным.
"Today, we join together with people from nations around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering the 6 million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and many others, who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoah. We must never forget the truth of what happened across Europe or brush aside the horrors inflicted on our fellow humans because of the doctrines of hatred and division.
I first learned about the horrors of the Holocaust listening to my father at the dinner table. The passion he felt that we should have done more to prevent the Nazi campaign of systematic mass murder has stayed with me my entire life. It’s why I took my children to visit Dachau in Germany, and why I hope to do the same for each of my grandchildren — so they too would see for themselves the millions of futures stolen away by unchecked hatred and understand in their bones what can happen when people turn their heads and fail to act.
We must pass the history of the Holocaust on to our grandchildren and their grandchildren in order to keep real the promise of “never again.” That is how we prevent future genocides. Remembering the victims, heroes, and lessons of the Holocaust is particularly important today as Holocaust deniers and minimizers are growing louder in our public discourse. But the facts are not up for question, and each of us must remain vigilant and speak out against the resurgent tide of anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance, here at home and around the world"https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/27/statement-by-president-joseph-r-biden-jr-on-international-holocaust-remembrance-day/
Особенно после скандала четырехлетней давности.The White House has defended its omission of Jews and antisemitism from a statement remembering the Holocaust by saying that Donald Trump’s administration “took into account all of those who suffered”.
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, the White House made no mention of Jews, Judaism or the antisemitism that fueled Nazi Germany’s mass murder of six million Jews in the 1940s.
The head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, wondered aloud about the “puzzling and troubling” statement, and its break with the precedent.
The executive director of the Anne Frank Center, Steven Goldstein, similarly scolded the president: “How can you forget, Mr President, that six million Jews were murdered because they were Jews? You chose the vague phrase ‘innocent people.’ They were Jews, Mr President.”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/28/white-house-defends-trump-holocaust-statement-that-didnt-mention-jews
Для Байдена это не новая тема. К примеру, председательствуя в 1999 на слушаниях на тему антисемитизма в России, он говорил, что пришел в политику из-за движения борьбы за гражданские права и памяти о Холокосте.
"I was raised in a home where my father might have been referred to as a “righteous Christian.“ We would sit at the dinner table together. Our dinner table was a place where we gathered to talk and, incidentally, to eat, rather than gather to eat and, incidentally, to talk.
My father was one of those folks who brought us up in a certain way. Being Catholic, we were born with an almost equal sense of guilt that my Jewish friends seem to have. My father would always talk--and I mean this sincerely--about how the world stood silently by in the 1930's in the face of Hitler. He had a preoccupation with the Holocaust.
I might say, as a point of personal privilege--as we say in this body--the first time I took my sons, whom both of you have met, to Europe, some of my friends thought it was somewhat extreme that the first place I took them was to Dachau. <...>
I grew up in a State that was segregated by law. I got involved in politics for two reasons--civil rights and the Holocaust. They were the two things that drove me to think that politics is what I should do with my life."https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-106shrg55215/html/CHRG-106shrg55215.htm( Collapse )