Romania strongly supports the fight against all forms of discrimination and all ways of spreading them, hate speech and anti-Semitism, Prime Minister Florin Citu conveyed in a message on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“January 27 is a day of great symbolic significance, of commemoration and homage to the victims of the tragic events of World War II and of marking, this year, of the 76th anniversary of the release of prisoners from the Auschwitz camp. However, in the period we are going through, marked by a proliferation of conspiracy theories, anti-Semitism and intolerance, it is not enough just to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and to remember them, but it is all the more necessary to send a call for action. Romania strongly supports the fight against all forms of discrimination and all ways of spreading them, hate speech and anti-Semitism,” Florin Citu wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
He brings to mind the measures and steps taken by Romania in recent years to combat anti-Semitism.
“Exercising the Presidency of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the adoption in 2018 of a special law to combat anti-Semitism, the preparation of a National Strategy to prevent and combat anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech is only part of our country’s significant interest in protecting the values of a democratic society, the fundamental rights and freedoms of each of us. Let us never forget to speak out strongly and firmly against intolerance and discrimination whenever and wherever they might occur,” Citu said.
ForMin Aurescu reaffirms Romania’s staunch commitment to supporting international cooperation on Holocaust education, commemoration
Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu sent today, on behalf of Romania, a message to the official ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day organized at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, paying tribute to the memory of the victims of the tragic events of World War II and expressing solidarity with Holocaust survivors, the Foreign Ministry informs.
On this occasion, Aurescu evoked the current international challenges related to the proliferation of hate speech, anti-Semitism and intolerance, especially in the online environment.
“Minister Bogdan Aurescu reaffirmed Romania’s staunch commitment to supporting international cooperation on Holocaust education, research and commemoration and mentioned the special efforts Romania has made recently to take responsibility for the past and condemn Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The release notes that the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism during the Romanian IHRA chairmanship (2015 – 2016), the adoption in 2018 of a special law to combat anti-Semitism, the inclusion of the fight against anti-Semitism among the priority themes of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU or the completion of a National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech are concrete actions Romania has taken either nationally or internationally, to preserve the memory of the past, to support and protect the survivors of hate crimes and to combat the proliferation of hate speech and anti-Semitism.
On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its commitment to contributing, through diplomatic mechanisms, to the consolidation of legislative and institutional instruments for preventing and sanctioning Holocaust denial and distortion, anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance.
Culture Minister Bogdan Gheorghiu: Mankind must remember
Mankind must remember the victims of the Holocaust in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past and not to subject any person to inhuman suffering and experiments, says Culture Minister Bogdan Gheorghiu in a message on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Today, January 27, is an important day for the whole world, a day to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and which makes us more aware of the horrors of a regime, when democracy has no say. On January 27, 1945, the largest Nazi extermination camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. Humanity must remember this event so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past, so as not to subject any person to inhuman suffering and experimentation. It is a sad and heavy universal heritage, but which we must know and keep a moment of silence on behalf of the victims of this camp,” Gheorghiu wrote on Facebook.
The culture minister points out that Suceava, the county he represents in the Romanian Parliament, has “a long history of good coexistence with the Jewish minority, so affected by the ruthless ‘wheel’ of World War 2”.
Deputy PM Barna: USR fights all forms of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia
USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) is actively fighting all forms of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, chauvinism and any extremist tendencies, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna, this alliance’s co-chairman, said on Wednesday.
“January 27, 1945, the day when the surviving prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp were released by Allied forces. Today we commemorate those people and all those who perished in the Holocaust in camps, pogroms and massacres ordered by fascist regimes. “USR PLUS not only does not tolerate, but also actively combats all forms of manifestation of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, chauvinism and any extremist tendencies,” Dan Barna wrote on Facebook.
According to him, “Romania and the Romanians lived these horrors live, just like the whole of Europe.”
“Today, we are not alone, for we are members of the European and Euro-Atlantic family together with whom we will always make sure that our citizens will never go through such episodes again. We will never forget!,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.
Senate’s Dragu: Anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism are neither forgivable nor tolerable
Senate Chair Anca Dragu draws attention to the fact that the Holocaust is a tragedy that “did not spare” the Romanian nation and that we ought to know about in order to pay it “deserved respects.”
“Holocaust Remembrance Day. A tragedy that did not spare our people and that we ought to know about to pay it respects. Anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism are neither forgivable nor tolerable. We are directly responsible for making sure that such phenomena will no longer have the opportunity to manifest themselves around us,” Dragu wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
Israel’s Ambassador Saranga: Remember and don’t forget!
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Day, I visited the Holocaust Memorial, with the President of the Romanian Jewish Community, Silviu Wexler, and the director of the National Holocaust Research Institute, named after Eli Wiesel, Ambassador of Israel in Romania, David Saranga wrote in a message posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
“After lighting the memorial candles, we continued and visited the building where the Museum of Holocaust History in Romania will be hosted. More than 350,000 children, women and men – half of the Romanian Jewish community – were destroyed during the Holocaust. Remember and don’t forget!”, Ambassador Saranga’s message reads.
German Ambassador Meier-Klodt: Initiative needs support to make ‘digital monument’ of Nazi victims
German Ambassador to Bucharest Cord Meier-Klod, on Wednesday, said an initiative needs support to create a “digital monument” in memory of the victims of Nazism.
“On this day when we commemorate the Holocaust, I want to urge you to donate some of your free time for a particularly important initiative called #everynamecounts. ‘Every name counts’ is the initiative of the Arolsen Archives in Germany to digitize the names and live stories of Holocaust victims and survivors,” the diplomat said in a video message posted on the Embassy’s Facebook page.
He explained that the purpose of the action is to “build a digital monument in honour of those persecuted by National Socialism.” “So, dear friends, please become partners in this initiative,” Cord Meier-Klodt said. More details about this initiative can be found online at arolsen-archives.org.