WASHINGTON (Apr. 2)
President Carter issued a proclamation today designating April 28 and 29 as “Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust” and called upon Americans to join him in remembering the murder of six million Jews and millions of other people by the Nazis and in vowing to prevent a repetition of crimes against humanity Carter, who issued the proclamation in response to a Congressional resolution passed last September declared.
“Words alone cannot convey the shock and horror that accompanied the tangible evidence of the Nazi regime’s systematic program of genocide Dachau and other death-centers like Buchenwald, Auschwitz and Treblinka were the means by which the Nazi regime murdered six million Jewish people and millions of other victims in a planned program of extermination These crimes have few if any equals in history.”
Noting that he visited Yad Vashem during his recent visit to Jerusalem, the President said: “I vowed then, and I repeat now, that the world must never permit such events ever to occur again. We must never forget these crimes against humanity. We must study and understand the record of the Holocaust. From this ,we must learn to remain eternally vigilant against all tyranny and oppression.”
Thirty-four years ago today, American troops liberated the Dachau death camp in Germany during the closing days of world War II in Europe. Carter, in his proclamation, stated that no one who participated in the liberation of the death camps or has studied their history can ever forget, “least of all the quarter-of-a-million survivors who found a home and built a new life in this country after the war.”