Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

The White House Didn't Mention Jews In Its Holocaust Remembrance Statement

The Trump administration’s statement broke a tradition established since the first International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2006.

Last updated on January 27, 2017, at 4:07 p.m. ET

Posted on January 27, 2017, at 3:01 p.m. ET

The White House on Friday issued its now annual statement in honor of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the first of the Trump administration.

But the statement, it was quickly noted, only refers to the "depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror" rather than the 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. It also makes no mention of anti-Semitism or other issues that are usually brought up when discussing the tragedy.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, took to Twitter to air his concerns about the oversight, pointing out the difference with previous administration's statements.

2/2 Puzzling and troubling @WhiteHouse #HolocaustMemorialDay stmt has no mention of Jews. GOP and Dem. presidents…

When reached for further comment, a spokesperson for the ADL said that the tweets from Greenblatt were the only statement that were going to be issued on the matter.

A review of statements issued under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush — the only two to hold office in the time since the day was founded in 2006 — shows that Greenblatt has a point.

A search of the archived White House website from Bush's years shows that the first year of the commemoration went unobserved. The next year, though, a statement was issued, calling out Holocaust denial — particularly in Iran — and anti-semitism broadly.

The next year, Bush issued a largely similar statement, but played up his recent visit to Israel's Holocaust Museum.

A similar search of all eight years of the Obama administration showed that aside from 2009, when no statement was issued, the number of Jews killed was mentioned in each release.,

The statements also each specifically referred to Nazi concentration camps, including several that referred to Auschwitz, whose liberation is the reason the annual remembrance falls on Jan. 27.

In both 2009 and 2016, rather than issue a press statement, Obama instead gave speeches to commemorate the date.

View this video on YouTube

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the omission was purposeful or an oversight.

Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.