Trump terms Holocaust the ‘darkest chapter of human history’

Trump terms Holocaust the ‘darkest chapter of human history’

“The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide … murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear,” U.S. president says.

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U.S. President Donald Trump | Photo credit: AP

U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the “darkest chapter of human history” in a video address on Sunday.

“On Yom Hashoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history. We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge ‘ever again.’ I say it, never again,” Trump said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York to mark Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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“The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear.”

Trump’s four-minute message included somber references to Jewish suffering in the Holocaust, a commitment to support Israel, and a rebuke of prejudice and anti-Semitism.

“Today, only decades removed from the Holocaust, we see a great nation risen from the desert and we see a proud Star of David waving above the State of Israel. That star is a symbol of Jewish perseverance. It’s a monument to unyielding strength. We recall the famous words attributed to Theodor Herzl: If you will, it is no dream. If you will it, it is no dream,” he said.

“Jews across the world have proved the truth of these words day after day. In the memory of those who were lost, we renew our commitment and our determination not to disregard the warnings of our own times. We must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found. We must defeat terrorism, and we must not ignore the threats of a regime that talks openly of Israel’s destruction. We cannot let that ever even be thought of,” Trump said, referring to Iran.

“To all of you tonight, who have come from around the world, let it be known, America stands strong with the State of Israel. Thank you for your leadership, for your service, and for your vision of a world that is more free, just and peaceful place for all of God’s people. Thank you, and God bless you all.”