EU: 'Never Forget, Never Again'

The European Union said that 'it joins people in Israel commemorating today the victims of the Shoah and the heroes of resistance.'

Yaakov Levi,

Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 2013
Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 2013
Flash 90

In a statement Wednesday in advance of Holocaust Rememberance Day, the European Union said that “it joins people in Israel commemorating today the victims of the Shoah and the heroes of resistance. We mourn the deaths of six million Jews and millions of other victims,” the statement by the EU Delegation to Israel said in the name of the European Union, using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.

As Jews throughout the continent express fear that they could face a resurgence of Holocaust-era anti-Semitism, the EU condemned anti-Semitism in its statement. “Innocent men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices, simply for being Jewish. Honoring their memory means for us to stand strong against anti-Semitism, prejudice and racial discrimination in all their forms and wherever they occur,” the statement said.

“This is true today more than ever,” the statement continued. “Seventy years after the Shoah, we still encounter anti-Semitism in Europe. There are Jewish communities in Europe that again feel insecure and we have been sadly reminded that violent anti-Semitism, intolerance and fanaticism remain a threat. As a Union built on the values of human dignity and human rights after the tragedies of two world wars and the Shoah, we will not allow the return of the demons of anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance. Never forget. Never again.”

Israel's official ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day will begin Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Over 240 smaller ceremonies are also expected to be held in kibbutzes across the country. On Thursday, at 10 a.m. a two minute memorial siren will open the day's events, followed by ceremonies and rallies across the country, and March of the Living in Poland. 


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