During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump took a moment to honor both a Holocaust survivor in the audience and the American soldier and World War II veteran who helped free him.
“Joshua Kaufman was a prisoner at Dachau,” the president introduced him. “He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks.”
President Trump went on to share how Kaufman told him, “The American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky.”
“I began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on D-Day in the second World War,” he continued before revealing an unexpected surprise. “One of them was Herman Zeitchik. But there is more to Herman’s story. A year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy, Herman was one of those American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau.”
Watch the moment below:
WATCH: Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman, who was a prisoner in Dachau, is seated in House chamber next to Herman Zeitchik, a WWII veteran who helped liberate the concentration camp; both men are recognized by Pres. Trump https://t.co/DLXbOik5n0 pic.twitter.com/gDiAnxDsbh
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“He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on Earth,” President Trump said. “Almost 75 years later, Herman and Joshua are both together in the gallery tonight — seated side-by-side, here in the home of American freedom. Herman and Joshua, your presence this evening is very much appreciated. Thank you very much.”
Earlier in his address, the president gave a shout out to another Holocaust survivor, Judah Samet, who also survived the recent Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
“He arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began,” the president explained. “But not only did Judah narrowly escape death last fall — more than seven decades ago, he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps. Today is Judah’s 81st birthday.”
Trump then got the room to sing Samet “Happy Birthday”:
Judah Samet survived the Holocaust and the shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.
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“Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train and told they were going to another camp,” Trump added. “Suddenly, the train screeched to a halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the worst. Then, his father cried out with joy, ‘It’s the Americans.'”