WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in his Holocaust Remembrance Day message called for the care of the last survivors of the Holocaust and their rescuers.
"We must heed the urgency to listen to and care for the last living survivors, camp liberators and the witnesses to the Shoah," Obama said in his message released Monday.
The U.S. president said the memory of the Holocaust and the ensuing trials of Nazis shows "the power of holding the perpetrators of genocide accountable."
Obama has come under some criticism from the left and the isolationist right in recent months for his commitment to use force to prevent massacres in Libya.
"Remembering these events only reinforces our solemn commitment to confront those who tell lies about our history and to stop the spread of hate in our own time," he said.