WASHINGTON (CNN) - The free people of the world must use the lessons of the Holocaust to confront evil, President Barack Obama said Thursday during the Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
"We know that evil has yet to run its course on Earth," Obama said, later adding, "May each of renew our resolve to do what must be done."
"We have the opportunity to make a habit of empathy, to recognize ourselves in each other, to commit ourselves to resisting injustice and intolerance and indifference in whatever forms they may take, whether confronting those who tell lies about history or doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur. That is my commitment as president, I hope that is yours as well."
Obama spoke at the annual remembrance of Nazi Germany's execution of approximately 6 million Jews during World War II. This year's theme for the commemoration established by Congress is "Never Again: What You Do Matters."