Obama: Holocaust "one of the darkest, most destructive periods in history"

WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Barack Obama on Thursday commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, describing it as "one of the darkest, most destructive periods in human history."

"To remember is a choice, and today we remember the innocent victims of the Nazis' murderous hate – six million Jews and millions of other people," Obama stated. "We are reminded to remain ever-vigilant against the possibility of genocide, and to ensure that 'Never Again' is not just a phrase but a principled cause."

Obama underlined the importance to stand up against prejudice, stereotyping, and violence, including the "scourge of anti-Semitism," around the world.

The U.S. President also remembered those who risked their lives to save fellow human beings during the Holocaust. "They demonstrated that in the midst of evil, human beings can perform remarkable acts of decency and dignity."

"On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the survivors and the profound faith and courage they have embodied to build lives of purpose and meaning," Obama added. "In doing so, they are defying those who tried to kill them, and teaching us that love and life can vanquish hate and death."


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