President Trump Honors Holocaust Survivors in State of the Union Address

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Holocaust Survivor Judah Samet

President Trump recognized two Holocaust survivors in his State of the Union address, Tuesday night, as well as a U.S. Veteran who was among the American soldiers who liberated the Dachau concentration camp.

Towards the end of his nearly 1 1/2 hour speech, the President spoke about standing against antisemitism in our country. “We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”

Then President Trump honored the three men, who were in attendance in the gallery House Chamber. The first, Judah Samet, is a survivor of the Holocaust. Not only that, he was at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life congregation on the day that the massacre occurred, last year. Judah, who sat near the First Lady, stood and waved to the crowd, as Mr. Trump introduced him. “Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train, and told they were going to another camp. Suddenly the train screeched to a very strong halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the worst. Then, his father cried out with joy: ‘It’s the Americans. It’s the Americans.'” President Trump said.
After learning that it was his 81st birthday, those gathered serenaded him with Happy Birthday.

Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman and WWII veteran Herman Zeitchik

Mr. Trump then honored another Holocaust survivor, Joshua Kaufmann. “A second Holocaust survivor who is here tonight, Joshua Kaufman, was a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp. He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. ‘To me,’ Joshua recalls, ‘the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky. They came down from heaven.'”

The President continued, “I began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on D-Day in the second World War. One of them was Herman Zeitchik. But there is more to Herman’s story. A year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy, Herman was one of those American Soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on earth. Almost 75 years later, Herman and Joshua are both together in the gallery tonight — seated side-by-side, here in the home of American freedom. Herman and Joshua: your presence this evening is very much appreciated, thank you very much. Thank you.”

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