Pompeo Highlights ‘Unique Suffering of Jewish People’ in Message Marking Victory Over Nazis in Europe
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over the Nazis with a heartfelt message that emphasized the “unique suffering of the Jewish people in the Holocaust.”
Six million Jews were exterminated during the Nazis’ so-called “Final Solution,” along with millions of other victims that included gypsies, Poles, political opponents, disabled people and gay men.
In a statement on the occasion of VE (Victory in Europe) Day, Pompeo said that the US paid “tribute today to all those who stood up for humanity and freedom in the face of tyranny, and we honor the sacrifices of all service members involved in ridding the world of Nazi, fascist, and other aggression.”
Continued the secretary of state: “We remember with sorrow the unique suffering of the Jewish people in the Holocaust and the merciless slaughter of so many other innocent civilians. As we honor their memory, we renew our vow to never allow such atrocities to take place again.”
Pompeo also paid tribute to those populations who came under Soviet rule at the end of the war.
“We remember today, too, that for many people living in countries that were behind the Iron Curtain after the war, the end of the war marked the start, or continuation, of a different kind of oppression,” he noted.
The anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis brought on a flood of comments on social media praising the wartime Allied Powers.
75 years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of WWII in Europe.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 8, 2020
May 8, 1945 – Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, and commemorates the end of the Second World War in Europe. More than 1,000,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the SWW, and more than 45,000 gave their lives. #VEDay75 #CanadaRemembers pic.twitter.com/dDQK71vx1A
— Canadian Armed Forces (@CanadianForces) May 8, 2020
Fascinating colour film of VE Day in London pic.twitter.com/4eTwuCF3vJ
— Professor Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) May 8, 2020
Today is Victory in Europe Day. On this day in 1945, Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. We shall never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the Allied armies, who saved the world from Nazism. pic.twitter.com/jIiTfeNAgY
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) May 8, 2020
75 years ago today, WWII in Europe came to an end.
“It is a day to pay tribute to the gallantry of the men and women of so many nations who fought to save humankind from the scourge of the Hitlerite evil,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said.https://t.co/lmsC7y944O
— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) May 8, 2020