Proclamation 5897 -- Week of Remembrance of Kristallnacht, 1988
the President of the
years ago, on the night of
world had been ignoring many warning signs in
Fifty years later, in our Nation's Capital, we have now laid the cornerstone for a national museum to commemorate those who perished in the Holocaust foreshadowed by Kristallnacht. We are determined as Americans to keep their memory fresh and enduring. We resolve to remind ourselves of the enormous evil of which mankind is capable and to remain vigilant.
We know that anti-Semitism is still present in the world and that there are still those who oppress others for their race, creed, or color and their simple desire for self-determination and a better life. We know where such racism and prejudice can lead. Let us ever recall that a remedy exists; it is our profound belief in and our readiness to defend the immortal declaration ``that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'' If we hold fast to these truths we will find the inspiration and the power to prevent inhumanity on the face of the earth.
Congress, by House Joint Resolution 654, has designated November 4 through
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of November, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
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