The Readout: A Conversation on Holocaust Issues

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Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Holocaust survivor Zygmunt Rolat.
Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Holocaust survivor Zygmunt Rolat.

The Readout: A Conversation on Holocaust Issues

In the latest edition of "The Readout," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert spoke with U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas K. Yazdgerdi and Zygmunt Rolat, a Polish Jewish citizen who survived the Holocaust, immigrated to the United States, and became a founding donor of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Mr. Rolat served as the keynote speaker at the State Department event observing Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018. The event was cosponsored by the State Department and the embassies of Israel and Poland on April 11, commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and honored the memory of Mrs. Irena Sendler, a Polish citizen who defied the Nazis to save thousands of victims -- including an estimated 2,500 Jewish children -- by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Following the Department’s event, Mr. Rolat participated in a discussion with Spokesperson Nauert and Special Envoy Yazgerdi and recounted his experiences during the Holocaust, including the loss of his own father. Mr. Rolat also underscored the significance of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and discussed his meetings with Mrs. Sendler and his commitment to sharing her story of heroism.

Special Envoy Yazdgerdi discussed his office’s mission to engage with the governments of Central and Eastern Europe to obtain restitution for Holocaust survivors and their families. The Special Envoy also underscored education and outreach efforts to ensure that people worldwide remember the Holocaust to ensure an atrocity of its nature never occurs again.

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