Roman Kent, a Holocaust survivor who went through the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Mertzbachtal, and other concentration camps, has a message for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Spicer was talking about America’s recent missile strike on a Syrian airfield, their commitment to deal with Syria and shame Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical weapons. He incorrectly stated that “You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to chemical weapons.”
His gaffe was pointed out by a reporter to which he attempted to clarify ” “I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
Kent agrees with Spicer that anyone can make a mistake, but not someone in that position. He believes that to be that ignorant and to have such a high position in the government is the real mistake.
Kent’s great-niece, Emma Kent, wrote the following comment on the video on Facebook:
This is my Great Uncle, one of the bravest men I know. He survived the Holocaust and Auschwitz with my grandfather, who both immigrated to the US and later met and married two other Holocaust survivors (Hanka Kent and Hannah Kent). Coming from a family of survivors, I have been taught it is my obligation to pass on their legacy and ensure this never happens again. Thank you so much to everyone (regardless of your political views) who has shared his message- it means so much to my family! (He has also written an amazing book about him and my grandfather’s life title Courage Was My Only Option if anyone is interested in hearing his story).
Watch the video here: