President Bush commemorated the liberation of Auschwitz with a call to reject Holocaust denial, particularly from Iran.
“Remembering the victims, heroes, and lessons of the Holocaust is particularly important today as Holocaust denial continues, urged on by the Iranian regime, which perversely seeks to call into question the historical fact of the Nazis’ campaign of mass murder,” Bush said in a statement Friday, when commemorations of the Jan. 27, 1945 liberation of Auschwitz began. “We must continue to condemn the resurgence of anti-Semitism, that same virulent intolerance that led to the Holocaust, and we must combat bigotry and hatred in all their forms, in America and abroad.”

Diplomats from 33 nations joined Holocaust survivors in lighting memorial candles at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Museum director Sara Bloomfield said commemoration is critical as the last survivors and witnesses pass on. “The victims of the Holocaust were abandoned by the world,” she said at the ceremony. “We cannot abandon them again.”