Holocaust Remembrance Day: Statement by EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell

27-01-2022
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Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel stated: “To forget would not only be dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time”. On the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the EU commemorates the six millions Jews, and members from other targeted groups who were brutally and systematically murdered during the Shoah: the greatest tragedy in human history.

No one should ever forget the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis. Victims should never be forgotten.Every State around the world should honour all victims of the Holocaust, condemn Holocaust denial and distortion, and develop education programmes to help prevent genocides from happening ever again.

With the spread of mis- and disinformation and with many world leaders scapegoating minorities, the education of younger generations about the Holocaust is the best antidote. It is the best tool to fight intolerance, bigotry and to ensure that the message of “Never Again” reverberates throughout future generations. 

This is even more important today with the passing of survivors of the Holocaust. Most of those who witnessed and survived the horrors of World War II and had the clearest memories of the Holocaust are no longer with us. 

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