The Chamber of Deputies yesterday had a solemn session devoted to the Holocaust Day. The day of October 9, 1941 is the date when they started the forced deportation of the Jewish population from Basarabia and Bucovina to Transdniester.
The symbolical beginning of the Holocaust is marked every year on November 9, which has been declared the International Day against Racism and Anti-Semitism, reminding people of November 9, 1938 when the first physical measures were taken against Jews all over Germany. This day went down in history under the name of the “Kristallnacht” (“Crystal Night”).
The Holocaust entered public consciousness as a huge human tragedy that must never happen again, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea told the session devoted to the Memorial Day for the Victims of the Holocaust in Romania.
Zgonea remarked that the politicians should stay true to the principles of democracy and rule of law, equality of chance, nondiscriminatory access to resources, defense of courage and human dignity.
“I believe that these events must be devoted to knowledge of each other, tolerance, freedom and civilization. Such moments are not intended to review the horrors of history, but to awaken in us that consciousness that will make it impossible for this tragedy to repeat,” said Zgonea, adding that parents should tell their children about the Holocaust and instill in them those values that oppose any manifestation of racial type.
Nonetheless, the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Romania, H.E. Mr. Dan Ben-Eliezer said on the occasion of the Romanian National Holocaust Remembrance Day that Israel is committed to protect the Jews around the world and fight against all forms of discrimination. “Every October we solemnly commemorate the 6 million innocent Jews, men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust, the Shoah, and also the hundreds of thousands of Romanian Jews, who were stripped of their goods, their rights and their life,” the Israeli Ambassador to Romania said from the tribune of the Deputies Chamber.
He also mentioned that the Holocaust “shocked” the very foundations of the modern civilization and that the Israel state arouse from this ash. “Israel has committed itself to protect the Jews around the world and to fight relentlessly against discrimination in all its forms. Anti-Semitism can still be felt in our modern days and, thus, we are faced with an obligation to the future: to identify, to combat, and to protest against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, in order to guarantee that the Holocaust will never happen again. This is a battle fought by the State of Israel and by the entire Jewish nation. This should be a battle fought also by governments and citizens around the world,” said Ambassador Dan Ben-Eliezer.