As a respectful homage to all the victims of the Holocaust of World War II, President Iohannis decorated seven Holocaust survivors in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday at the Cotroceni Palace.
According to a release of the Presidential Administration, ‘to show the deep respect for the sufferance endured during World War II in the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, wishing to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust – a tragedy mankind must not know again,’ the President bestowed the Order of Faithful Service in the rank of Knight upon Elizabeta Asztalos, Gabriela Bone, Viora Braun, Susana Diamantstein, Marta Marmor, Vasile Szekely and Etelca Tusa.
‘Seventy years ago, the prisoners of the extermination camp of Auschwitz were liberated. I have bestowed the Faithful Service Order in the rank of Knight upon several Romanian survivors. The decorating ceremony today, at the Cotroceni Palace, is a respectful homage to all the victims of the Holocaust of World War II. Their memory stays with us as a painful warning of history,’ the President wrote on his Facebook page on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday.
The head of state had signed the decoration decree on Friday.
The decoration was proposed by presidential advisor Andrei Muraru.
Klaus Iohannis: ‘A nation cannot have a future without knowing and respecting its past’
On the International Holocaust Commemoration Day, President Klaus Iohannis awarded several survivors of the ‘Death Camp’ where and because of which millions of people perished. At Cotroceni, the president observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims and offered the ‘Loyal Service’ National Award in rank of Cavalier to Elizabeta Asztalos, Gabriela Bone, Viora Braun, Susana Diamantstein, Marta Marmor, Vasile Szekely and Etelca Tusa.
‘In everything that I do I will try to pursue a sacred mission – defend the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and honour the historical truth. A nation cannot have a future without knowing and respecting its past’, President Klaus Iohannis said during the awarding ceremony on Tuesday.
Please accept this modest recognition of the grief you endured with your families. This ceremony is taking place exactly 70 years after the liberation of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Through this we are paying a pious tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust in WWII. The day of the liberation of this terrible place of extermination is dedicated to he memory, sufferance, voices of the resistance and preoccupation with remembering’, said the president.
‘However, today’s moment also means something else. It means that we, as a nation, oppose the deliberate ignoring of the past. It means we do not shun openly discussing about culpability and responsibility. Silence before the horrors, ignorance in the face of discrimination, acceptance in the face of crimes, disinterest in the face of hatred, they too have made the genocide possible. Deported to Transnistria by the Antonescu regime or to Auschwitz by Horthy’s authorities, the Jews from these places were the victims of racial, anti-Semitic, discriminatory and murderous policies. Convoys of men, women, children and elderly people left the villages and cities in order to be deported. Thousands of innocent souls disappeared. And the civic spirit or the moral duty with them,’ Iohannis added.
‘In closing, I would like to add that in those troubled times of confusion and desperation there were Romanians, not few in number, known or not today, who showed human solidarity. They risked their freedom and life in order to save Jews or Roma from death. Let us turn our thoughts toward them too. Their courageous gestures represent an example for us. In the coming years, in parallel with commemorating the victims, I want us to try to know as many brave Romanian citizens that made such gestures during the war as possible. May the memory of the victims forever remain in our hearts!’ the President concluded.
PM Ponta: The mankind must never forget the troubling page of history represented by the Holocaust
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said in a post on Tuesday on his personal Facebook page that mankind must never forget the troubling page of history represented by the Holocaust, and respect for diversity, tolerance and freedom are the values that can prevent the repeating of such dark episodes.
‘January 27 is a moment of special significance; it marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 2012, I have visited the present day museum in Poland, to show respect for the memory of innocent lives lost over that tragic period; the impression was shattering; I will carry it inside for my whole life,’ Ponta declared in his public message on this commemoration day.
He stressed ‘mankind must never forget this troubling page of history.’
“Respect for diversity, tolerance and freedom are the values that can prevent the repeating of such dark episodes of destiny, and they must never be infringed. Our fight today against extremism is very real, and we will only win it through solidarity and understanding, through fighting anti-Semitism, xenophobia and discrimination, through our wish to build a better, more unite society,’ the prime minister’s message pointed out.