In one of the more touching moments from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the entire chamber interrupted the speech to sing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor in attendance.
That survivor, Judah Samet, also narrowly escaped death last fall when a gunman killed 11 people at his Pittsburgh synagogue.
When Trump noted that it was Samet’s 81st birthday, the chamber couldn’t help themselves but erupt in song while Trump mimicked a conductor.
Trump then recounted Samet’s memory of being rescued during World War II.
“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,” the president explained. “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.’”