Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday visited Yad Vashem, the Israeli memorial to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Although she made no reference to her own Jewish roots, Albright said, “We must never allow ourselves to be at peace with the Holocaust or to believe we have somehow mastered its lessons.”
Museum authorities gave Albright 60 pages of deportation records including the names of several persons who appear to be members of her family. Albright earlier received documents showing that her father’s mother and father perished in the Holocaust.
Albright’s parents converted to Roman Catholism early in the war to escape the Holocaust. Albrightdid not learn of her Jewish heritage until earlier this year.
Her father’s parents were deported to the Ghetto the Nazis called Theresienstadt where her grandfather died. Her grandmother perished at Auschwitz.