US President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp liberation and confirming the heightened need to fight anti-Semitism, especially in light of recent terror attacks in Paris.
"Honoring the victims and survivors begins with our renewed recognition of the value and dignity of each person," Obama said. "It demands from us the courage to protect the persecuted and speak out against bigotry and hatred." He mentioned the recent Paris terror attacks as "a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust."
A presidential delegation, he said, was sent to the ceremony in Poland as "the American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime."
He said the nation also honors those who survived the Shoah, "while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since."
He mentioned that the US is a founding member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and joins 30 other nations in upholding the 2000 Stockholm Declaration dedicated to upholding Holocaust remembrance and education.
"Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again."