World Leaders will gather at Auschwitz to mark the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation by Russian forces. President Obama will not be joining them. Instead, he is sending Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury. The President will instead be in India.
President Obama was widely criticized for his absence at the rally in Paris following the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market. The White House acknowledged the mistake, but continues to repeat it. Last week, it was announced the President will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in Washington this March. This is the third time in a matter of a month in which the President’s reluctance to be viewed as a world leader will be on display.
In 2008, while campaigning for President, Obama spoke of his uncle who “liberated” Auschwitz. Auschwitz Survivors were liberated by Russian forces, proving Obama’s knowledge of the Holocaust was incorrect. His uncle was a liberator at Buchenwald.
Senator Obama spoke of the horrors his uncle faced when returning home from the war as he worked to get past what he saw at the concentration camp. I am aware of the hardships these men faced upon their return as my grandfather was a Liberator at Dachau.
The President’s attendance would have been seen as a way to support and acknowledge liberators like my grandfather and his uncle and all the Survivors. This will likely be the last major anniversary with a significant number of Survivors present. And the President of the United States will be noticeably absent.
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