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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: EU Commission joins the #We Remember campaign and illuminates the headquarters

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President von der Leyen will also participate at the European Parliament’s commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

Today (27 January), marks the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. To remember the millions of of Jewish women, men and children as well as all other victims murdered by the Nazi regime, the Commission, for the first time, will illuminate its headquarters, the Berlaymont building, with #WeRemember, joining a global campaign co-organised by the World Jewish Congress and UNESCO in memory of the victims of the Shoah.

The City of Brussels, capital of the European Union, joine the European Commission and the European Parliament for this #WeRemember campaign. The Brussels City Hall and the European Parliament are also to be illuminated with #WeRemember.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The Holocaust was a European disaster. Antisemitism led to this disaster. Antisemitism dehumanizes the Jewish people. In Nazi Germany, this dehumanization opened the door to the Shoah. We must never forget. The heart of our action is to ensure that Jews across Europe can live their lives in accordance with their religious and cultural traditions. Because Europe can only prosper when its Jewish communities prosper, too. Because Jewish life is an integral part of Europe’s history and of Europe’s future.”

President von der Leyen will also participate at the European Parliament’s commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, responsible for the fight against antisemitism in the Commission, will attend the commemoration ceremony organised by the Athens Jewish Community and will receive an award in recognition of the contribution of the recently adopted EU strategy to combating antisemitism in Europe.

The vice president will also address online commemoration events organised by the French Presidency of the Council and major Jewish organisations. To raise awareness and counter Holocaust distortion, the Commission continues to support the campaign #ProtectTheFacts together with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), UNESCO and the UN.

 

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