President Shim'on Peres said, Sunday evening, "The Holocaust will not sink into the dark hole of history. It is here with us, burning, real." Addressing opening ceremonies for Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Institution in Jerusalem, attended by, among others, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Special Envoy Tony Blair of the Quartet of Middle East Peace Broker Nations, Peres added, "There was no greater horror in the history of mankind. Nothing can remove the greatest darkness that mankind has known."
Peres continued, "The 74 years which have passed are more biography than history. Millions of names are still missing, of parents and children, of whole Jewish communities who were murdered. There is no substitute for the culture, for the values, for the talents which were and are no longer. They remain as an open wound. We will not stop searching for every scrap of information, for a name yet to be identified, for a photograph that has been blurred. A third of our people, six million, were murdered with no reason."
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