Below, a release from the UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT
OBAMA'S VISIT TO BUCHENWALD CONCENTRATION CAMP
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum welcomes President Obama's
decision to visit the Buchenwald concentration camp. Exactly 64 years ago
General Eisenhower deliberately visited Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald, to
see firsthand the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis. He was so shocked by
what he encountered that he urged members of Congress, journalists and
others to visit and document the newly liberated camps so that no one in the
future could dismiss the atrocities as "propaganda."
Sadly, his fears were not unfounded as evidenced by the rise in Holocaust denial today. To the American soldiers who liberated Buchenwald, the camp starkly illustrated the
singular evil that was Nazism, and we remember the extraordinary sacrifices
made by the United States and its Allies to defeat Nazi Germany.