ATLANTA (Apr. 17)
Andrew Young, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, sharply criticized the world organization in an address to 800 people attending Holocaust memorial ceremonies at Greenwood Cemetery here today. Declaring that the UN was structured in response to racism, persecution and violations of human rights, he said, “It is a very impotent vehicle for dealing with these problems.”
According to Young, “Rather than see them as crimes against all humanity, we try to make them political problems, the internal problems of one nation or another.” He stated, “When we cease to be involved, we see that the progress of mankind gradually eroded, slipping back into the kind of Hitlerian mentality that brought a Holocaust in our lifetime.”
Young said, “We must not only take on evil wherever and whenever we find it. We ought to actively seek it out. We ought to be willing to violate proper protocol in the interests of humanity and the future of mankind…Let us on this occasion make sure there will be no more Holocausts anywhere for any people in our lifetime.”
The memorial ceremonies were co-sponsored by the Hemshech Organization of Survivors of Nazism in Atlanta and the Jewish Welfare Federation of Atlanta. They were held on the site of a memorial monument to the six million Jews slain by the Nazis.