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The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Romania reiterates commitment for the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia

Several Holocaust survivors have been decorated by the President

On Sunday, The Government and President Klaus Iohannis sent messages on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, reiterating Romania’s commitment for the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.

The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is marked each year on 27 January, according to A/RES/60/7 resolution, adopted by the UN on 1 November 2005.

The Government reiterates the commitment for the fight against anti-Semitism and for incriminating the Holocaust denial and the instigation to anti-Semitism.

“On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (27 January), the Romanian Government pays homage to the memory of Holocaust victims. Romania’s Government reiterates the commitment for the fight against anti-Semitism and for incriminating the Holocaust denial and the instigation to anti-Semitism, encouraging solidarity and the civic spirit as foundation for a democratic and modern society,” reads a Government release issued on Sunday.

At the same time, the release brings to mind that, in the context of holding the rotating Presidency at the EU Council, Romania’s objective is cohesion of common values.

“The promotion of the efficient fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, anti-Semitism and the discouragement of the hate speech represent some of the main themes of stimulating EU’s solidarity and cohesion. Thus, Romania has recently taken important steps in the direction of commemorating the Holocaust victims and promoting education on Holocaust, on an internal level,” The Government underscores.

The Executive mentions that in the period March 2016 – March 2017 Romania exercised the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and endorsed the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism.

“In June 2018, two years after the adoption of the definition, Romania’s Parliament adopted a special law on combating anti-Semitism, which defines anti-Semitism and incriminates the distribution and promotion of materials with anti-Semitic content, as well as the promotion of anti-Semitic ideas, concepts or doctrines. We reiterate that promoting diversity, respect for the other, equality of chances represent essential principles for the development of a democratic society,” the release also reads.

President Iohannis: We honour Holocaust victims by reaffirming our commitment to fight against anti-Semitism

President Klaus Iohannis reaffirms Romania’s commitment to fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia, in a message sent on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

“Today, we honour the Holocaust victims by reaffirming our commitment to fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia,” Klaus Iohannis said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday.

He also posted a photo which includes a citation from Elie Wiesel: “The opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference”.

The head of state decorates several Holocaust survivors

The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree for decorating several Holocaust survivors, according to a press release issued on Sunday by the Presidential Administration.

“The President of Romania Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree for decorating several Holocaust survivors. Thus, as a sign of a particular respect for the pain suffered during the World War II, for the high moral standing they proved in their lives and for the efforts made to keep alive the memory of the victims of Holocaust – a tragedy that humankind does not have to know again, the Romanian President has awarded the National Order “The Faithful Service” in rank of Knight to Mrs. Davidovits Rachel, Mrs. Pardau Lea, Mr. Scwartz Paul, Mrs. Segal Sandra, Mr. Shai Meir, Mrs. Szinetar Iudita Agneta and Mrs. Vainer Anette, and the National Medal “The Faithful Service”, the 3rd Class, to Mr. Klein Andrei”, reads the press release.

According to the quoted source, the decoration ceremony will take place on Monday, January 28, at 18.00, at the Cotroceni Palace.

Deputy PM Birchall: The Holocaust was living proof that unimaginable can become nightmare reality

The Holocaust was a living proof that the unimaginable can become a nightmare reality, “it is our duty to reflect on this moment to ensure that such abominable acts will not happen again,” Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

“At the initiative of the UN General Assembly, on January 27, the international community commemorates those who have lost their lives in one of the darkest episodes in the history of humanity. The Holocaust was a living proof that the unimaginable can become a nightmare reality and that human nature can be not only sublimely good, but also terribly easy to be conquered by evil,” Birchall says.

In her opinion, the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust must create a moment of silence in everyone’s hearts for the deaths of the 6 million Jews during the Second World War.

“It is our duty, of all of us, to reflect on this moment to ensure that such abominable acts are not repeated and to better understand our mission today, in a world of freedom, civilization and good co-existence,” Birchall points out.

She adds that, in such moments, which role is to never forget the horrors of the Second World War, she expresses all her compassion and solidarity with the Jewish people and those who have suffered “following such a gruesome event that left deep injuries in the souls and consciousness of Jews everywhere.”

MAE: Promoting diversity, equality of chances, fundamental principles for democratic society development

The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) pays homage to the memory of the Holocaust victims worldwide and reiterates that promoting diversity, respect for the other, equality of chances represent fundamental principles for a democratic society development.

“The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry pays homage to the Holocaust victims worldwide and voices solidarity with the survivors of the events during WWII. The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust represents a moment of reflection on the tragic consequences which extremist manifestations have on the values of human solidarity, democracy and the observance of the fundamental rights and freedoms. The Foreign Affairs Ministry reiterates the fact that promoting diversity, respect for the other, equality of chances represent fundamental principles for a democratic society development,” reads a MAE message on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

At the same time, MAE reaffirms the determination to further contribute, through the mechanisms of diplomacy, to the consolidation of the legislative and institutional instruments capable to prevent and sanction anti-Semitism, as well as any other racism, xenophobia, racial discrimination, intolerance and populism manifestations.

“In the context of Romania exercising the Presidency of the EU Council in the period January-June 2019, combating anti-Semitism, discrimination and hate speech represent thematic priorities, encompassed in the Europe of common values pillar. In this respect, there will be organised two conferences on the topic of combating anti-Semitism and preserving the memory of the Holocaust, in Brussels and Bucharest, in February and March 2019, respectively,” the MAE release reads.

The Foreign Ministry mentions that it also marks the day of 27 January by getting involved in the World Jewish Congress’ global campaign #weremember.

MAE points out that the day of 27 January 1945 represents the day of releasing the prisoners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and marks the international commemoration of the Holocaust victims.

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