Friday, April 24, 2009

Obama calls out Holocaust deniers


Obama pledges to confront Holocaust deniers

WASHINGTON (AFP) — At a ceremony Thursday remembering millions of Jews slaughtered in World War II, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the strong US bond with Israel and vowed to confront Holocaust deniers.

"There are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance -- racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism and more," Obama told a gathering in the Capitol Rotunda organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

"We have an opportunity and an obligation to confront these scourges," Obama said.

"We have the opportunity ... to commit ourselves to resisting injustice, intolerance and indifference in whatever forms they may take, whether confronting those who tells lies about history or doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur," he said.

The US president's speech came just days after a UN conference on racism where Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denounced Israel as "the most cruel and repressive racist regime."

Obama reaffirmed the "strong and enduring" bonds between the United States and Israel.

"The nation of Israel rising from the destruction of the Holocaust" was a source of hope to all those who commit to fighting intolerance, he said.

Among those at the gathering, which was part of the US Holocaust Museum's Days of Remembrance, were five Poles who between them saved the lives of scores of Jews and have been awarded the title of Righteous among the Nations by the Holocaust remembrance organization, Yad Vashem.

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who survived the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, used his time at the podium in the Rotunda to take on Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian leader was "the number one Holocaust denier in the world," said Wiesel, whose mother and sister died at Auschwitz, his father at Buchenwald.

"He used the solemn setting of a United Nations gathering again to insult the state of Israel in a way that no civilized person should ever do," he said, thanking the United States for boycotting the UN meeting in Geneva. {more AFP}

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President Obama applauded Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel during the Holocaust remembrance ceremony yesterday.

President Obama applauded Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel during the Holocaust remembrance ceremony yesterday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L) listens during the Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony

US Senator Joseph Lieberman (C-rear) looks on as Etta Katz lights a memorial candle


  1. Yes, let's make the world safe for liars like Wiesel, who wrote the Holocaust™ memoir, "Night," which turned out to be packed with falsehhoods, but never mind, we'll just change the category from autobiographical to "historical fiction."

    Wiesel's also the one that given a choice between leaving with the Germans who were bailing out of Poland, ahead of the Red Army and going over to the communist army, choose to stay with his Kraut buddies.

    Let's protect Free Speech by stomping out the voices of those who disagree with the fairy tales of the Zionist version of the Holocaust™.

  2. Holocaust denial will be a crime in the people's republik of amerika the multi-cultural politically correct paradise. Only genocides that took place in Europe in the middle of the 20th century have any credence. Any genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, Ukraine, Bosnia/Croatia are not politically correct and won't be discussed.