President Barack Obama commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, January 27, by vowing to “to stand in the way of any tyrant or dictator who commits crimes against humanity.”
“While this is a time for mourning and reflection, it is also the time for action,” the president said in a statement. “On this day, we recall the courage, spirit, and determination of those who heroically resisted the Nazis, exemplifying the very best of humanity. And like these courageous individuals, we must commit ourselves to resisting hate and persecution in all its forms. The United States, along with the international community, resolves to stand in the way of any tyrant or dictator who commits crimes against humanity, and stay true to the principle of ‘Never Again.’
Obama did not specifically mention any current conflicts in the international community, nor did he mention the Iranian regime’s affirmed desire to obliterate the Jewish State.
Yet, the president affirmed that, “By remaining vigilant against those who seek to perpetrate violence and murder, we honor those we lost during one of the darkest periods in human history. And we keep their memory alive for generations to come.”
The President stressed the importance of keeping alive “the memories of the 6 million Jews and millions of other innocent victims whose lives were tragically taken during the Holocaust over sixty years ago.”
“Those who experienced the horrors of the cattle cars, ghettos, and concentration camps have witnessed humanity at its very worst and know too well the pain of losing loved ones to senseless violence,” Obama added.