Friday, January 27, 2006

First International Holocaust Remembrance Day permanent link   0 comments
European leaders remembered the Holocaust today, the 61st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, with commemorations shadowed by concern over anti-Israeli remarks by Iran's president. Several leaders used the occasion to reject Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that Israel should be wiped off the map and his description of the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews by the forces of German dictator Adolf Hitler, as a "myth."
I, too, will honor the victims today in a moment of silent remembrance and prayer. I collected a few statements of leaders around the world:

Kofi Annan (UN General Secretary): "The world must remember the unique tragedy of the Holocaust. Holocaust denial is the work of bigots, we must reject their false claims whenever, wherever and by whomever they are made. It must be remembered, with shame and horror, for as long as human memory continues."

Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (Polish Prime Minister): "The Holocaust is a crime that tarnishes human history. Let it be a warning today and for the future. One cannot submit to ideologies that justify the possibility of trampling on human dignity."

Norbert Lammert (German Parliament President): "The last few weeks had shown not only us Germans how very much we need this day of commemoration. It is with consternation that we have realised that even today heads of state describe the Holocaust as a myth and even go as far as making anti-Semitic statements. We want to – and we must – continue to be prepared to learn from our history. "


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