Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
14:41 27.01.2014

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January 27 is the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the
Victims of the Holocaust. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has issued
a message on this occasion:

`Every year on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz
concentration camp, we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. We
recall the suffering of millions of innocent people, and highlight the
perils of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind.

This year we focus on journeys through the Holocaust - and I recall a
recent journey of my own.

Last November, I walked through the infamous `arbeit macht frei' gate
at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I will never forget my visit.

I saw the horrific remnants of the machinery of genocide, as well as
moving images of European Jewish life in the 1930s - weddings, family
meals, rituals, other scenes of simple daily life - all extinguished
through systematic murder unique in human history.

I saw the barracks where Jews, Roma, Sinti, homosexuals, dissidents,
prisoners of war and persons with disabilities spent their final days
in the most brutal conditions.

The United Nations was founded to prevent any such horror from
happening again. Yet tragedies from Cambodia to Rwanda to Srebrenica
show that the poison of genocide still flows.

We must be ever vigilant against bigotry, extremist ideologies,
communal tensions and discrimination against minorities. And we must
teach our children well. The Holocaust and the United Nations
Outreach Programme has developed effective educational materials and
strong partnerships that help convey these lessons to students around
the world.

Standing near the crematorium at Auschwitz, I felt deeply saddened by
all that had happened within. But I was also inspired by all those
who liberated the death camps for all humanity. Let us join forces
today on a shared journey to a world of equality and dignity for all.'

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress