President Joe Biden delivers remarks at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Days of Remembrance Ceremony

    May 7, 2024 at the U.S. Capitol:

    The full text is available on the White House website.

    My favorite quote from President Biden’s speech:

    To the Jewish community, I want you to know I see your fear, your hurt, and your pain.

    Let me reassure you, as your President, you are not alone. You belong. You always have, and you always will.

    And my commitment to the safety of the Jewish people, the security of Israel, and its right to exist as an independent Jewish state is ironclad, even when we disagree.

    Holocaust Museum Calls on American Colleges and Universities to Protect Jewish Students following Eruption of Antisemitism


    The shocking eruption of antisemitism on many American college and university campuses is unacceptable and university and all other appropriate authorities must take greater action to protect Jewish students. Demonstrators at Columbia University calling for Jews to return to Poland — where three million Jewish men, women, and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators — is an outrageous insult to Holocaust memory, a failure to appreciate its lessons, and an act of dangerous antisemitism.

    America is hardly the Third Reich, but the Holocaust teaches the dangers of pervasive societal antisemitism, and awareness of this history must guide our actions in the present. Nazi ideology was official state policy, but it found a receptive audience on university campuses based on well established contempt towards Jews.