June 9, 2017

NJDC Statement on Trump Administration Cuts to Holocaust Museum

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) released the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s proposed $3 million budget cut to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

“The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is a one of our nation’s most cherished institutions and inspires all to confront hatred and stand up for justice. As a living memorial to the Holocaust, a preservation of the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazi regime, a promise of ‘never again,’ and a warning of perils of unchecked evil, the museum reminds us that we must not stand idle.

“We join the 64 members of the House of Representatives requested  the reversal of these budgets cuts, as the rate of anti-Semitism world-wide has soared in the past months. To cut significant funding to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is only adding to the troubling record that President Trump has regarding the American Jewish community.

“In addition to his proposal to cut funding from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, President Trump is yet to fill key U.S. State Department positions for Holocaust survivors, combating anti-Semitism, and preserving international religious freedom. His visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel was short, and did not include an actual visit to any exhibits. Leaving an embarrassingly shallow note at Yad Vashem, Trump signed, ’It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends — so amazing and will never forget!’ The Trump administration even had the audacity to not mention Jews in the White House’s initial Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.

“We are not surprised by all of this, but we are troubled. We call on the President to preserve full funding to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a museum from which he could learn a thing or two.”