Priebus: No regrets Holocaust Day statement did not include Jews

We are writing as scholars and educators to express our shock and concern regarding the omission of six million Jewish Holocaust victims from President Trump's official statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Except, it turns out the Trump White House deliberately omitted references to Jews from their Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, also interviewed on "Meet the Press", said he agreed that the Holocaust was about the eradication of Jews.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said over Twitter that "The Administration's omission of the Jewish people in a Holocaust remembrance statement is an historical mistake".

Priebus said the administration doesn't regret the wording and added that: "we'll never forget the Jewish people who suffered in World War II".

"It does no honour to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust to play politics with their memory", the Lauder statement read.

The Jew-less statement feeds into the Holocaust revisionism which denies the uniqueness of the Holocaust and the Jews being singled out for extermination.

The kerfuffle sprung up after the Trump White House made no mention the systemic targeting and killing of Jews during the Holocaust.

Hier chalked the Holocaust controversy up to a "rookie mistake" and said he did not think the administration acted with any malice, noting that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism to marry top Trump aide Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew.

President Donald Trump mentioned neither Jews nor anti-Semitism during his brief January 27 statement, in which he spoke of the "victims, survivors [and] heroes of the Holocaust". As Elie Wiesel said, 'Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims'.

The Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem issued a statement Tuesday discussing several of the events it held in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. "@WhiteHouse statement on #HolocaustMemorialDay misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just 'innocent people, '" Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Director Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted.

Downplaying or disregarding the degree to which Jews were targeted for elimination during the Holocaust is a common theme of nationalist movements like those seen in Russian Federation and Eastern Europe, Greenblatt said.

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