by the President
of the Victims of the Holocaust
On the third International Day of Commemoration, we remember and
mourn the victims of the Holocaust.
Bush participating in a memorial ceremony in the
Hall of Remembrance. In the background (right to left),
Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev,
Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres, Chairman of
Yad Vashem Council Joseph (Tommy) Lapid.
I was deeply
moved by my recent visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust
Museum. Sixty-three years after the liberation of Auschwitz,
we must continue to educate ourselves about the lessons of
the Holocaust, and honor those whose lives were taken as a
result of a totalitarian ideology that embraced a national
policy of violent hatred, bigotry, and extermination. It is
also our responsibility to honor the survivors and those courageous
souls who refused to be bystanders, and instead risked their
own lives to try to save the Nazis’ intended victims.
the victims, heroes, and lessons of the Holocaust remains important
today. We must continue to condemn the resurgence of anti-Semitism,
that same virulent intolerance that led to the Holocaust, and
we must combat bigotry and hatred in all forms, in America
and abroad. Today provides a sobering reminder that evil exists
and a call that when we find evil we must resist it.
May God bless
the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. And may we never