June 19, 2019

Elan Carr Marches With US Delegation During March of the Living

Elan Carr, newly appointed special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism in Poland. Credit: Erin Ben-Moche

(KRAKOW, POLAND) — Elan Carr, newly appointed special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism arrived in Poland May 2 to march alongside the U.S. delegation for the 31st annual International March of the Living at Auschwitz.

Also in attendance were US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and Ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher.

It was Carr’s first visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau and he told the Journal, “It is a special honor to be tasked on the behalf of the United States [with fighting anti-Semitism]. It’s a vow all of us can make at this solemn and holy place.”

Carr said the first priority “is to remember and to warn and never to let go of what happened here about the murder of 6 million Jews because of who they were…making sure that we never allow this to happen again…It means to fight anti-Semitism with every fiber of our being.”

Earlier this week, Carr attended the funeral of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who was killed April 27 following an anti-Semitic attack on Chabad of Poway in San Diego County. The former L.A. county district attorney said the attack there made it even more clear that anti-Semitism needs to be fought and Jews need to be protected all over the world.

“Jewish people now have the state of Israel protecting them and the United States devoted in word and in deed and in law to fighting for the safety of the Jewish people,” Carr said. “It’s a very powerful oath to take here that we will commit ourselves and renew our commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. We have to fight anti-Semitism everywhere.”