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Carter’s Passover Message Focusses on the Barbarism of the Holocaust

President Carter extended to Jews ” all over the world” his Passover greetings and assured them that ” the love of freedom they celebrate” at the seder ” is shared by all the people of the United States.” The President said, in his message issued last Thursday, that the seder night in Jewish tradition and practice was ” different from all other nights: the beginning of Passover the festival of freedom.”

He said the meaning of Passover was universal, “a reminder to all of us–Jews and non-Jews alike that the struggle for freedom and against oppression must forever be renewed.” Carter recalled that “little more than a generation ago, the Holocaust–perhaps the cruelest in the long history of man’s inhumanity to man–took the lives of six million Jewish men, women and children. And 35 years ago today, in the streets of the Warsaw Ghetto, Jewish fighters rose up in arms against their Nazi oppressors. We must never forget the reality and the meaning of the Holocaust–or the heroic resistance against it.”

Carter reaffirmed that the commitment he had made to the cause of human rights “will remain firm.” He said that in Jewish homes throughout the world, in Israel, in Eastern and Western Europe, in Latin America “and here in the United States, families and friends will gather for the ceremony of the seder ….As they do, I greet them and assure them that the love of freedom they celebrate is shared by all the people of the United States.”