July 14, 2024

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Commemorates Yom HaShoah at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, reads a statement ahead on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ahead of Security Council consultations on Non-proliferation/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. With her are the Permanent Representatives of Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Sunday, delivered a powerful speech at a Day of Remembrance event organized by the Museum of Jewish Heritage to commemorate Yom HaShoah, honoring the memory of Holocaust victims and survivors.

Thomas-Greenfield began by thanking the Museum of Jewish Heritage, President Kliger, and the entire team for organizing the event. She then paid tribute to Ben Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg trials prosecutor, who passed away earlier this month.

Ferencz, a U.S. war crimes investigator during World War II, witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand. After the war, at the age of 27, he successfully prosecuted Nazi leaders responsible for these crimes against humanity. Ferencz continued his quest for justice by securing compensation for Holocaust victims and dedicating his life to preventing future crimes against humanity, advocating for the International Criminal Court, and fighting against all forms of hate.

In her speech, Thomas-Greenfield stressed the importance of carrying Ferencz’s legacy forward, especially as antisemitism and Holocaust denial reach alarming levels. She highlighted the Biden Administration’s commitment to combating antisemitism, including the launch of a national strategy for countering antisemitism, securing the largest-ever funding increase for the physical security of non-profits such as synagogues and Jewish Community Centers, and supporting a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Holocaust denial and distortion.

The United States recently hosted a high-level side event at the United Nations, focusing on global efforts to combat antisemitism. Thomas-Greenfield attended the meeting alongside Second Gentleman Emhoff and Deborah Lipstadt, the first Ambassador-level Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

While acknowledging ongoing crimes against humanity in places like Xinjiang, Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, Burma, Mali, and northern Ethiopia, Thomas-Greenfield called for a renewed commitment to build a more just and peaceful future. She emphasized the importance of upholding the promise of “never again” and working together to create a world of tolerance and compassion.

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