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President Iohannis: Let us unite efforts to eradicate extremist phenomena

We have to unite our efforts in order to eradicate extremist and anti-Semitic phenomena and endorsing education related to the Holocaust, observing the law and promoting individual rights and freedoms should further remain direction, which our society is based on, reads President Klaus Iohannis’ message conveyed on Friday, on the occasion of commemorating 77 years since the Iasi Pogrom (28-30 June 1941).

“Today, we are piously commemorating one of the darkest pages of our recent history. Through its tragic nature and magnitude, the Iasi Pogrom was the first eradication action which the Romanian state authorities have undertaken against the Jewish population. Intolerance, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and hate were behind the massacre of June 1941, in which men, women, elders and children died. In light of the values that Romania shares today and so that the remembrance doesn’t wear off, our generation has a double mission: on the one hand, to properly honor the memory of the Iasi Pogrom victims, and, on the other hand, to actively engage in the fight to combat any extremist attitude, in order to promote liberty and tolerance,” the head of state underscored in his message, that was delivered at the commemorative events in Iasi by State Counselor within the Presidential Cabinet Nicoleta Nicolae-Ioana.

The head of state pointed out that this year we celebrate the Centennial of modern Romania and we cannot neglect the contribution which the Romanian Jewish and their children who fallen victims of the Iasi Pogrom had in the Reunification War.

He also pointed out that the contemporary Romania itself has taken concrete steps towards assuming the Holocaust and fighting anti-Semitism, and these efforts should be continued.

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