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February 18, 2017

In his speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump’s remarks constitute a form of banalization of the Holocaust

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:40 am
Donald Trump

Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump — photo credit REUTERS

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

Begin quote from Trump’s speech:

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust.
It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”

It is with these words that Donald Trump chose to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. This statement is alarming as it ignores the Jewish specificity of the Nazi genocide, as the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem also pointed out in its official statement, recalling that the Holocaust, a crime perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, saw in a relatively short period of time, 6 million Jews murdered, and that it constitutes, in this sense, an unprecedented genocide. This correction of the historical record was necessary because Donald Trump’s comments – far from being benign – are disturbing in several respects.

Following these criticisms, on January 29, Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, justified the president’s remarks, saying in an interview on BBC, “[E]veryone’s suffering in the Holocaust including, obviously, all of the Jewish people affected….”

However, even if the phrase was taken out of context, even if elsewhere in the statement the chief of staff did refer to the genocide of Jews, the fact remains that this “inclusive form of rhetoric” to describe the Holocaust is unacceptable.

End quote from news article

Note that the news article mentions that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. The official death toll is now 1.1 million, but Trump should have mention the sacred 6 million.

Where was Trump’s Jewish son-in-law when Trump was preparing this speech? Jared Kushner should have advised Trump on the numbers.  “Into the valley of death rode the 6 million” or words to that effect.

If Trump doesn’t want to get himself killed, he had better bow down to the Jews — and quickly.

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