EU Amb. commemorates International Holocaust Day

EU Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret: 'Rise of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, impact on daily life of our Jewish citizens is grave concern.'

Arutz Sheva Staff,

EU Ambassador hosts commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
EU Ambassador hosts commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
European Union 2019/Yossi Tzvecker

EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret, together with the Kantor Centre for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry today hosted an event commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event was attended by Tel Aviv University President Prof. Joseph Klafter, Jewish Agency Chairman Yitzchak Herzog, and Prof. Dina Porat, together with ambassadors of the European Union member states.

Today's event is one of a series of events taking place in Israel and in Europe to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. EU events to commemorate this day take place in Brussels, including an annual training seminar by the European Commission on The Holocaust and Fundamental Rights in cooperation with the House of the Wannsee Conference.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day designated by the United Nations on 27 January to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It is dedicated to remembering the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people by the Nazi regime and its collaborators, and marks the day of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp.

EU Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret said: "In addition to the millions murdered in the Shoah, there were also millions who were nearly murdered, maimed, traumatized, orphaned, and humiliated. It is always a humbling honour for me to speak with survivors, learn from them, and we will continue to do so. We should never forget that Holocaust remembrance is fundamental in the fight against anti-Semitism. The rise of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe and the impact it has on the daily life of our Jewish citizens is a grave concern, and we need to also address it including by improving education on the Holocaust. That is why in particular the European Union decided to acquire Permanent International Partner status with the
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in November 2018.

"This commitment begins with protecting and safeguarding the freedoms of our living European Jewish communities and citizens. This responsibility belongs to our governments and citizens, and we will 'never again' abandon the Jews to suffer this alone."