2nd Gentleman Emhoff to Visit Europe Amid Rising Antisemitism

January 12, 2023

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff plans to visit Germany and Poland later this month to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and to hold meetings aimed at combating rising antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world, his office announced Thursday.

The husband of Vice President Harris is set to travel to Krakow on January 26 where he will visit the Memorial and Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He plans to participate in a wreath laying ceremony on January 27 in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On January 30 Emhoff will travel to Berlin, where he will attend a meeting of special envoys and coordinators working to combat antisemitism.

In December Emhoff hosted a roundtable of Jewish Leaders and White House officials to discuss ways to combat hate and the rise on antisemitism in the U.S.

That event occurred just days after a dinner hosted by former President Trump at his Florida country club residence, Mar-a-Lago, with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye “Ye” West, both of whom have praised Hitler. However, the White House had said Emhoff’s roundtable event had been in the works for weeks—although the White House had been quick to add at the time that the Trump meeting did give the roundtable added significance. 

The Anti-Defamation League, whose representatives participated in Emhoff’s White House roundtable, notes that incidents of antisemitism have reached an all-time high. The organization tracked a total of 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism in 2021.

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