On the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I join people in the United States, in Israel, across the United Nations system and around the world in commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day of limitless grief, we honor those who suffered and died and keep faith with all who are tormented by demagogues and killers.
The United Nations was established in the aftermath of the Shoah. Its founding documents called on member states to stand in defense of our common humanity and against the barbaric cruelty that led to Holocaust and war. Decades later, our grief over the murder of six million Jews and many millions of others has not diminished. There are those who continue to deny the plain facts of our history. There are those who continue to preach hatred and division. There are those, in plain sight of great evil, who continue to choose appalling silence.
As President Obama has said, “We must be ever vigilant about the spread of evil in our own time.” The United States will never be silent when innocent life is menaced by tyranny. Today and every day, we will rededicate ourselves to the defense of human rights and human dignity. And we will never forget.