WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, pledged to combat the "scourge of anti-Semitism" and other bigotries.
"I join people here at home, in Israel, and around the world in commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as we mark one of the darkest, most destructive periods in human history," Obama said in a statement Jan. 27. "To remember is a choice, and today we remember the innocent victims of the Nazis’ murderous hate — six million Jews and millions of other people.
"We are reminded to remain ever-vigilant against the possibility of genocide, and to ensure that ‘Never Again’ is not just a phrase but a principled cause. And we resolve to stand up against prejudice, stereotyping, and violence — including the scourge of anti-Semitism — around the globe."
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum observed the day hosting staff from 25 embassies at an event addressed by survivors.