Holocaust Museum Statement Contrasts Trump’s: An Accurate History Is ‘Critical’

The crowds have not yet arrived in the Hall of Remembrance in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington Friday, June 12, 2009. The museum was closed Thursday, for a day, after a shooting on Wednesday left a se... The crowds have not yet arrived in the Hall of Remembrance in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington Friday, June 12, 2009. The museum was closed Thursday, for a day, after a shooting on Wednesday left a security officer dead and the gunman wounded. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) MORE LESS
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum released a statement Monday to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day that was markedly different from the White House’s statement on the occasion.

“The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators,” the statement reads. “Nazi ideology cast the world as a racial struggle, and the singular focus on the total destruction of every Jewish person was at its racist core.”

The statement noted that “millions of other innocent civilians” were exterminated by Nazis, but “the elimination of Jews was central.”

“The Holocaust teaches us profound truths about human societies and our capacity for evil,” it noted. “An accurate understanding of this history is critical if we are to learn its lessons and honor its victims.”

President Donald Trump did not explicitly mention Jews in the statement he released Friday, in a break from bipartisan tradition.

The White House statement mentioned the “victims, survivors, heroes” of the Holocaust and “the innocent,” but did not specifically mention the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

Anti-Defamation League director Jonathan Greenblatt called the omission “puzzling and troubling” and Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, condemned Trump’s “vague” language.

On Sunday, Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus argued that the statement was about “everyone’s suffering” and said “there’s no regret” in the White House about the omission.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) called the omission a “historical mistake” in a tweet posted Monday morning.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer blasted those “picking on” the statement’s failure to explicitly mention Jews as “pathetic” and “nitpicking” in a briefing Monday afternoon.

“It is pathetic that people are picking on a statement,” he said. “The idea that you’re nitpicking a statement that sought to remember this tragic event that occurred and the people who died in it is just ridiculous.”

In an earlier response, Spicer said that Trump “went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust.”

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  1.           An Accurate History Is ‘Critical’

    Why ? ? … Alt-History isn’t as " inconvenient " —

  2. Trump: History is being Altered. Alt-History will replace the old History.

  3. Anyone who claims that the White House proclamation’s wording was not intentional is complicit in aiding and abetting Holocaust denial.

  4. With his well documented history of anti-semitism, there was no way that Bannon was going to allow a statement to be issued from his WH that acknowledges the specific targeting and extermination of Jews!

    And these bungling idiots really ought to at least try to get their stories straight - between this and the Muslim ban/not a ban, they’ve fucked up two major statements in just, what’s it been, 48 hours?

  5. Spicer on Holocaust Statement Blowback: “You’re nitpicking.”

    Extra points for deftly slipping in the delousing allusion, Sean.

    What’s next, wily references to ovens and gold teeth?

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