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Biden vows to combat Holocaust denial in commemoration proclamation

US president declares April 24 through May 1, 2022 as a week of observance of the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust to coincide with Israel’s Yom Hashoah

US President Joe Biden speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
US President Joe Biden speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

US President Joe Biden on Friday vowed to step up efforts to combat Holocaust denial as he made the annual proclamation of Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust.

Biden declared April 24 through May 1, 2022, as a week of observance and called upon “the people of the United States to observe this week and pause to remember victims and survivors of the Holocaust.”

The proclamation is an annual event and the dates coincide with the week when Israel marks Yom Hashoah, which falls on the Hebrew anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The international community also marks Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

In his proclamation, Biden vowed to honor the memory of the victims and called for increased efforts to combat Holocaust denial.

“We must reject those who try to deny the Holocaust or to distort its history for their own ends.  We recognize that, just as the Holocaust was an act of pure antisemitism, so too Holocaust denial is a form of antisemitism,” Biden said.

In a possible reference to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden said: “We watch with dismay as the term ‘Nazi’ is deployed to make flawed historical parallels.”

Russia launched its invasion, claiming it was needed for the “denazification of Ukraine.”

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had “misrepresented and misappropriated Holocaust history by claiming falsely that democratic Ukraine needs to be “denazified.”

“Efforts to minimize, distort, or blur who the Nazis were and the genocide they perpetrated are a form of Holocaust denial and, in addition to insulting both the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, spread antisemitism,” Biden said.

Biden also touted his administration’s efforts to step up Holocaust education in the US and abroad and the recent appointment of noted Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt as US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

He also noted his efforts to combat all forms of hate crimes in the US.

 

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