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Prof. Leff on the Trump administration’s omission of Jews in a Holocaust statement.

Professor Laurel Leff’s opinion piece, “Under Trump, a new job for Holocaust Scholars,” was published in The Times of Israel’s website, February 9.

For those of us who teach and research the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, the Trump administration’s refusal to mention Jews in a statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been both horrifying and confusing. It has been horrifying because the failure to acknowledge that Jews were the overwhelming victims of Germany’s genocidal campaign is unquestionably a form of Holocaust denial. It has been confusing because we haven’t been able to understand why the administration would choose to engage in Holocaust denial nor begin to grasp the implications for the American Jewish community.

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