Remembrance of the Holocaust and the education of future generations in the spirit of truth about this tragedy are part of an objective to protect democratic values, combating anti-Semitism and discrimination, reads a message from the Romanian Government delivered in Skopje, Macedonia, by Romania’s Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall, to the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Macedonia’s Jews.
According to a press statement released on Monday by the Romanian Government, attending the commemorations over March 11-13 are high-ranking state officials of the Republic of Macedonia, delegates of European states and representatives of Jewish communities.
Part of the events, the Macedonian Parliament convened in an extraordinary session on Monday, where Birchall delivered the message from Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
“The ceremonies organized in Skopje to remember the Holocaust have a special significance. Only by keeping alive, in the collective memory, the tragedy of the victims can we take measures to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. Remembrance of the Holocaust as well as the education of future generations in the spirit of truth about the Holocaust tragedy is part of a higher objective, the protection of democratic values, the fight against anti-Semitism and negative discrimination. We must aim for tomorrow’s world to be different not just different, but even better, a world in which tolerance and respect for the dignity of all people is not just ideals but realities of everyday life,” reads the official message.
The special commemorations included laying wreathes at the Holocaust Victims Monument on the premises of the former Skopje tobacco factory (formerly a WWII transit camp) by senior Macedonian officials, as well as by the delegations of the other attending countries. The officials also participated in a march in memory of the Jewish people deported from Macedonia, victims of the Holocaust.