WASHINGTON – “E’ successo, può succedere ancora”: il presidente americano Barack Obama ha citato Primo Levi nel suo messaggio in commemorazione del 70esimo anniversario della liberazione di Auschwitz.
“Non deve più’ accadere” ha detto Obama osservando che gli attacchi terroristici a Parigi sono un doloroso ricordo del nostro obbligo di condannare e combattere il crescente antisemitismo in tutte le sue forme, compresa la negazione o banalizzazione dell’Olocausto”.
Obama ha aggiunto: “Commemoriamo tutte le vittime dell’Olocausto, impegnandoci a non dimenticare”. Primo Levi, l’autore di “Se Questo e’ un Uomo”, e’ stato internato a Auschwitz dal febbraio 1944 fino alla liberazione del lager il 27 febbraio 1945.
Ecco il testo del messaggio di Obama diffuso dalla Casa Bianca:
“On the tenth International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived the Shoah, while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since.
Honoring the victims and survivors begins with our renewed recognition of the value and dignity of each person. It demands from us the courage to protect the persecuted and speak out against bigotry and hatred. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust.
This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made confronting this terrible chapter in human history and on our continuing efforts to end genocide. I have sent a Presidential delegation to join Polish President Komorowski, the Polish people, official delegations from scores of nations, and many survivors, at today’s official commemoration in Poland.
As a founding member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the United States joins the Alliance’s thirty other member nations and partners in reiterating its solemn responsibility to uphold the commitments of the 2000 Stockholm Declaration. We commemorate all of the victims of the Holocaust, pledging never to forget, and recalling the cautionary words of the author and survivor of Auschwitz Primo Levi, “It happened, therefore it can happen again. . . . It can happen anywhere.” Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again.” (27 gennaio 2015)