A Letter to the President
Dear Mr. President:
The White House has defended its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, despite having made no mention of the 6 million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust.
While it is true that millions of people, Jews and non-Jews, were murdered during the Third Reich, the Holocaust was first and foremost an effort to annihilate all Jews.
Yes– millions of non-Jews were also slaughtered by the Nazis– priests, Romani, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters.
But Jews were by far the largest group that was targeted and murdered. Jews were the only victims targeted for total extermination.
The deliberate omission of the Jewish death toll has been defended by White House spokespeople, who took pride in their “inclusivity.”
Mr. President, the White House statement contained a pledge to be a force for good in the name of the perished. Yet not even the Jewish identity of the majority of the victims was mentioned. This is not right.
Surely it was not your intent to, in the name of political correctness, to slight the Jewish targets of Hitler’s unbridled hatred. But in denying mention of the 6 million murdered Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day you have given license to those who seek to obliterate their memories.
Jackie Jacobs, CEO
Columbus Jewish Foundation