*Germany’s ambassador in Bucharest: History must be studied, assumed to be able to preserve memory of injustices committed
History cannot be omitted, it must be studied and assumed to be able to preserve the memory of injustices committed and future generations must not renounce vigilance, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ambassador in Bucharest, Werner Hans Lauk said on Wednesday at the opening of an exhibition organized by the National Council for Studying Securitate Archives (CNSAS) about the history of deporting ethnic Germans to the USSR.
“Remembering and commemorating this terrible past are extremely important, because history cannot be simply omitted. It must be studied and assumed, in order to be able to preserve the memory of the injustices committed. Or, as former federal president Roman Herzog put it, ‘Memory must not cease. It must warn also the future generations not to renounce vigilance.’ This vigilance is even today opportune and topical in the context of the annexation of Crimea by Russia by violating international law, and the Russian support to the violent separation in eastern Ukraine, with loss of human lives and terror generated by this,” the ambassador said.
He said that the exhibition includes both original documents from archives and newspaper articles and photos, as well as statements from surviving witnesses.
CNSAS president Dragos Petrescu pointed out that the exhibition represents a very good opportunity to reflect on four fundamental notions: war, suffering, memory and reconciliation with the past.
The exhibition is open at the Romanian Athenaeum for ten days and entrance is free.