On December 7th, 2017 President Trump hosted a Hanukkah celebration at the White House. One of the guests there was Louise Lawrence-Israëls.
President Trump said this about Louise:
We’re also deeply honored that Louise Lawrence-Israëls is here to share this evening with us and to make a few remarks. Louise is a Holocaust survivor. The first three years of her life were spent in hiding in an attic out of Amsterdam, a row house in Amsterdam — amazing story and amazing situation to be in.
Her family could not light the candles that we’re about to light this evening, but they lit them in their hearts.
Who is Louise Lawrence-Israëls?
Through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum First Person program, Holocaust survivors have the opportunity to share their remarkable personal stories of hope, tragedy, and survival with thousands of visitors at the Museum. This program was recorded on June 1, 2017. It features Louise Lawrence-Israëls, who was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1942. Louise was just a baby when her parents took her with them into hiding in Amsterdam. The city was liberated by Canadian forces on May 5, 1945.
Please watch her tell her story, lest we ever forget.