Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

In memory of the Holocaust

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2009

President appeared at the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance, a somber ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in memory of the Holocaust.  President’s remarks were preceded by those of a few others, including Elie Wiesel, as well as a presentation of the flags of the U.S. Army divisions that had liberated concentration camps – along with a mention of the camps each had freed. Wiesel spoke movingly – perhaps a redundancy – about some of his own experiences and the failure of those in the free world – singling out Washington as well as the Washington Post and the New York Times – to warn the remaining European Jews in the early 1940s about what was in store for them. He said it might have saved his own family, which had an option to try to avoid the trip that turned out to be a journey to the death camps. And Wiesel waded into present day politics as well, condemning Iranian President Ahmadinejad as a Holocaust denier and thanking President Obama for boycotting the recent Durban II U.N. conference, where the Iranian leader called Israel racist. Obama’s remarks, which you will soon have, focused more on lessons going forward and were laced with a greater sense of optimism about learning from the past.

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